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Photo by Chris Watts/Current Sauce 

Construction on Front Street led to many archaeological finds that predate 1904. 

Construction takes toll 
on Front Street business 

Chris Watts 

Sauce Reporter 

Since the Front Street con- 
struction began, Antoon's River- 
front Restaurant has closed for 
lunch due to lack of business, ac- 
cording to manager Lisa Edwards. 

"People don't like interruptions 
in their daily routines," Edwards 
said, "and it's affecting our business 
during the day." 

The intersection of Front 
Street and Washington Street adja- 
cent to Antoon's parking lot is now 
blocked off and, in compliance with 
federal preservation law, has been 
transformed into an archeological 

According to archeologist 
Thurston Hahn, III of Coastal En- 
vironments, Inc., his team has dis- 
covered an older foundation, which 
he estimates could date back to as 
early as 1810. 

His team also discovered beads, 
flints, plates, bottles, nails, and 
bones, which all predate 1904 — the 
year the most recent foundation 
was laid. 

All artifacts belong to the state. 
Hahn hopes at least some of the 
artifacts will go on display, but ac- 
knowledged the high costs of doing 

The archeological work is be- 
ing coordinated by the Louisiana 
Department of Transportation and 
Development. Federal money is in- 
volved in the Front Street project, 
so federal law requires a "cultural 
resources investigation." 

However, construction began 
prior to the investigation, which 
caused some concern. 

"Our contracts didn't coincide 
with the construction company. We 
showed up and there were already 
artifacts that had been unearthed," 
Hahn said. According to Hahn, 
several local archeologists became 
involved immediately following the 

Hahn claims the majority of 
the artifacts found are related to 
commercial shops of the 19th cen- 

"The archeology find is a very 
positive thing for us because it 
can be developed into a tourist at- 
traction," Cane River Kitchenware 
owner Kym Habig said. But ac- 
cording to Habig, Antoon's isn't the 
only Front Street business suffering 
from the construction. 

"The first six weeks almost 
killed everybody. I've never had to 
worry about expiration dates on 
anything, now I have to order a lot 
less of everything," Habig said. 

In attempts to offset the slow 
business caused by the construc- 
tion, 27 downtown businesses are 
participating in a Historic District 
Downtown Giveaway, which takes 
place on the last Friday of every 

Customers who spend more 
than $30 at any participating busi- 
ness are entered in a drawing for 
a $300 shopping spree. The con- 
test began in March and will run 
through October. 

The "Steel Magnolias" 20th 
Anniversary Celebration will be 
held on June 14 to raise money to 
benefit downtown businesses. 

Construction has impeded 
tourism by causing the Tourist 
Center to close and eliminating ac- 
cess to restrooms. A Cane River 
Kitchenware customer suggested 
that the city do a better job with 
placing detour signs. 

"If locals can't figure out how 
to get where they want to go, how 
are tourists supposed to?" The cus- 
tomer said. 

According to Habig, it's the lo- 
cals who keep her in business. 

"Most people think that these 
are all just tourist shops, but at least 
70 percent of our business is local, 
and we appreciate it very much," 
Habig said. 

University partners 
with local counselors 
to provide extra help 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

Northwestern State has formed 
a partnership with the Natchitoches 
Emergency Response Crisis Coun- 
selor Team, which will provide stu- 
dents and faculty on campus with 
more help during an emergency. 

"We're trying to be proactive," 
said Chris Maggio, Dean of Stu- 
dents at the university. 

Maggio said the university 
wants to be prepared for any emer- 
gency and to provide for the stu- 
dents with mental health counsel- 

In case of an emergency, coun- 
selors on the campus will handle 
the initial crisis response. 

"Our primary emphasis is on 
preventing a tragedy," President 
Randall Webb said. "But sometimes 
they just occur." 

If the crisis is overwhelming, 
the university can call the Natchi- 
toches emergency response team 
and request that local mental health 
professionals be mobilized to the 
campus to provide counseling and 
support for students and faculty. 

The Natchitoches Emergency 
Response Crisis Counselor Team 
consists of about 30 metal health 
professionals and clergy members 
who have signed up to be volun- 
teers in emergencies. 

"We hope we never have to use 
it," Maggio said. "But ... we want to 
be prepared." 

Doyle Bailey, deputy and chap- 
lain for the Natchitoches Sheriff's 
Department, agreed with Maggio 
on this point. Although he hopes 
disaster does not strike, he knows 

too well that it can. 

Bailey represented the city's 
emergency response team in the 
agreement and has first-hand expe- 
rience of dealing with the aftermath 
of a disaster. Mayor Wayne McCul- 
len asked him to visit Natchitoches 
shelters housing Hurricane Katrina 
evacuees and provide them with 

Bailey said he saw the value in 
the work being done by himself and 
other counselors and clergy mem- 
bers, but he also called it a "rag- tag 
organization." It was much harder 
to pull everything together during 
the emergency, he said. 

"We decided to be ready for it," 
Bailey said. 

Bailey said the counseling vol- 
unteers can be on campus by the 
time the police are able to secure 
an area for them, which is much 
faster than trying to find helpers in 
the midst of a disaster. 

He also realizes that hurricanes 
are not the only worry. School 
shootings like that at Virginia Tech 
in 2007 are "not limited to Virginia," 
Bailey said. 

Webb strongly supports effec- 
tive counseling and said other com- 
munities and schools may follow in 
the university's footsteps. 

Representatives from the uni- 
versity, Natchitoches Parish Sher- 
iff's Department and the emergen- 
cy response team met Tuesday to 
formalize the agreement by signing 
a memorandum of understanding. 

"I think it's wonderful," Webb 
said about the partnership. "I feel 
privileged that we live in a commu- 
nity that's proactive and looking for 
ways to do good things for others." 

Photo by Chris Watts/Current Sauce 

Fences separate the construction area from the shopping area on Front street. This sign directs 
shoppers to additional stores and asks that they "observe history in the making." 

Photos submitted by J. 

mpson/Current Sauce 

Above: NSU trombone professor J. Mark Thompson and 
his friend Timothy Howe of Arkansas Tech University pose 
with a trombonist statue in front of Sichuan Conservatory of 
Music in Chengdu, China. 

Below: Students sit and wait holding traditional Chinese 

For story, see page 2. 

Chris Harlan 
Life Editor 
cgharlan@gmail. com 
June 18, 2008 

Military families remember 
meaning of Memorial Day 

Photo submitted by J. Mark Thompson 

NSU professor J. Mark Thompson stands in front of the Great Wall of China during his stay there. 

Professor shaken in China 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

J. Mark Thompson, profes- 
sor of trombone and low brass at 
Northwestern State University, was 
teaching in Chengdu, China, when 
the Wenchuan Earthquake hit in 

Thompson was invited to teach 
master classes at the Sichuan Con- 
servatory of Music for a week but 
was interrupted by the 7.8 earth- 
quake on his first day of class. 

Thompson grew up in west- 
ern Kentucky and experienced a 
few small earthquakes but nothing 
of this magnitude. He said the af- 
tershocks of the Wenchuan Earth- 
quake were worse than the earth- 
quakes fie felt growing up. 

The earthquake left an impres- 
sion on Thompson. He even re- 
members the exact time it struck 
their area — 2:28 p.m. When it 
struck he immediately lifted his 
hands and touched the ceiling to 
stabilize himself and looked out 
the window to see the trees shaking 
like "a reed in the wind." 

The professors and students 
immediately evacuated after the 
three minutes of the earthquake. 
They were not able to enter the 
building again until three days lat- 

However, this did not stop the 
professors from teaching. Thomp- 
son and his friend from the Des 
Moine Metro Opera, Timothy 

Howe, invited their students to take 
class in the guest house where they 
were staying. 

"It got (the students') minds off 
the disaster," Thompson said. "They 
appreciated it." 

Thompson said he and Howe 
were meant to be there to help the 
students focus on something other 
than the earthquake and to "get 
connected to music in a special 

Bill Brent, director of the 
School of Creative and Performing 
Arts at NSU, expects that Thomp- 
son will be able to bring what he 
learned in China to the students in 

"Dr. Thompson's research and 
performances in China, despite 
the terrible tragedy that occurred 
while he was there, may ultimately 
bring students from China to study 
at Northwestern," Brent said. "Re- 
gardless, what he learned while he 
was there will benefit all of our mu- 
sic students." 

During the aftermath, Thomp- 
son experience a "moment of real 
pride" when he saw a United States 
Air Force plane bringing relief 
along with the other cargo planes 
at an airport. 

Howe, who teaches at Arkan- 
sas Tech University, had been invit- 
ed last year and asked Thompson 
if he would want to join him if the 
opportunity arose again. Thomp- 
son agreed, thinking it was a joke. 
Months later, Howe called to 

make sure Thompson wanted to 
go because they had been invited. 
Thompson then realized it was no 
joke and jumped on the opportu- 

Thompson had never been to 
China and called it a "very interest- 
ing first trip. He said he would ab- 
solutely go back and wouldn't trade 
his first trip for the world. 

The classes lasted only the first 
week of the trip, but his second and 
final week in China was spent see- 
ing the sights. He was able to go to 
Bejing for touring, visit the Great 
Wall and meet the man who dis- 
covered the terracotta warriors. 

The Bejing Central Conserva- 
tory of Music extended an open in- 
vitation to Thompson and Howe to 
have a similar experience -- but not 
too similar. 

"Not an earthquake," Thomp- 
son said quickly. 

Thompson was able to apply 
for and use grants from the univer- 
sity to help pay for his trip and left 
the day of graduation in May. 

Thompson returned to Natchi- 
toches to leave again for eight 
weeks. He will be performing in 
the Des Moine Metro Opera for 
six weeks and then at the Lancaster 
Festival in Ohio for two. 

He has performed at the festi- 
val for 11 years and in the opera for 
two and has enjoyed being a part of 

"I'm at home when I have the 
horn in my hand," Thompson said. 

For more photos from Thompsons trip to China 
visit us at 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

While most students spend 
Memorial Day hanging by the pool 
working on their tan and checking 
out the latest fashion trends at the 
mall, Ryan Keeton spends his day 
catching up with old friends and re- 
membering those who didn't make 
it back from the war. 

Keeton is a junior broadcast 
journalism major and a 14-year 
veteran of the United States Army. 
He was deployed to Washington, 
D.C. three weeks after September 
11, 2001, and has seen first hand 
what terrorists did to our nation's 

"Memorial Day takes on a new 
meaning to me now," Keeton said. 
"10 years ago it would have been 
just another day." 

Keeton was stationed in Korea, 
Germany and California and is now 
stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville 
with his wife and children. He says 
that being in the Army "took a hard 
toll on family life" since he was de- 
ployed for so long. His wife, Dori, 

agreed that their family sacrificed a 
lot while he was gone. 

"Being an Army wife is the 
hardest job in the Army because 
women have to learn indepen- 
dence and strength while the men 
are away," Dori Keeton said. "I am 
extremely proud of him and what 
he has done for our country." 

Being in a military family has 
always been the lifestyle for se- 
nior journalism major Lauren Ra- 
chal. She has lived in four different 
states and has moved more than 20 

While being in a military fam- 
ily has its good and bad parts, Ra- 
chal thinks she "would be a com- 
pletely different person" if she had 
not "experienced that kind of life." 

"I've seen a lot of different 
places, and it taught me to adapt 
to change better than most," Rachal 
said. "I've had to make new friends 
over and over again my entire life, 
so I think I'm a pretty independent 
and outgoing person because of it." 

Rachal says that Memorial Day 
"special holiday" for her family be- 
cause of their military background. 

Rachal's grandfather was a Marine 
and fought in the Vietnam War, 
her "pawpaw" was in the Army, 
her father, a Colonel in the Marine 
Corps., was in Dessert Storm and 
the war in Iraq. Rachal's brother, 
who was wounded during the war 
in Iraq, was sent home and received 
the Purple Heart for his service in 
the Marine Corps. 

"I know anyone who has a fam- 
ily member in the military can un- 
derstand the sense of pride we have 
for what they do for our country," 
Rachal said. "Memorial Day is a 
day where we can honor those who 
have fought and those who con- 
tinue to fight for what our country 
stands for." 

As for Keeton, he plans to con- 
tinue to keep up with old friends 
and fly his American flag every year 
outside of his house. His advice to 
those who do not take it seriously 
is simple. 

"Set all your worries and bick- 
ering about politics aside and re- 
member those who gave the ulti- 
mate sacrifice so we can live in a 
free country - their lives," he said. 

Students experience 'real world' 

Photo by Rayce Brossette/Current Sauce 

The screen shows a programming language that Rayce Brossette 
works with during his internship at State Farm. 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

After spending day after day in 
a classroom, NSU students finally 
get their moment in the spotlight 
as they walk across the stage as a 
college graduate. But there's al- 
ways that one lingering question in 
the back of every graduate's mind 
- What now? 

"I was so ready to be a 'real 
adult' and get into the 'real world! 
but now that it's here I wish that I 
was back in school," Rashad Smith 

Smith made his step into the 
'real world' in May and has faced 
the challenges of being a new grad- 
uate. As a psychology major, Smith 
said it has been "extremely difficult" 
to find a job because of "competi- 
tion from current graduates, other 

colleges students, high school stu- 
dents and adults who are currently 
looking for employment." 

"I have been applying to places 
outside of my major because there 
is a limited amount of places I can 
apply for in Natchitoches relating 
to psychology," Smith said. 

However, Kathy Swate has had 
better luck in finding a job after 
completing her years at NSU. She 
now lives in Austin, Texas, and is 
working at the same job she did her 
internship with at the Hilton Gar- 
den Inn. Swate majored in hospital- 
ity, management and tourism and 
was required to do an internship. 

"Life for me now is working 
and missing all my friends from 
college," Swate said. "Living in Aus- 
tin without knowing a lot of people 
is hard and adds to the challenge." 

Internships are required for 

some majors at Northwestern, 
and it is something students take 
advantage of to absorb 'real-world' 
work experience. 

"I think internships prepare 
you to conduct yourself in a busi- 
ness manner and what the 'real 
world' will be like when you gradu- 
ate," senior Kristi George said. "You 
learn so much more than just go- 
ing to class and nothing can replace 
hands-on experience in the field of 
your choice." 

George is a senior journalism 
major and is doing her internship 
this summer with Cumulus Broad- 
casting Center in Shreveport. She 
learned about the internship posi- 
tion through a friend and is work- 
ing outside of her concentration. 

Senior computer information 
systems major Rayce Brossette is 
not required to do an internship 
but is still spending his summer 
with seven other NSU students in 
Bloomington, Illinois, at the State 
Farm Insurance headquarters. 

The experience students get in 
the 'real world' is something both 
George and Brossette recommend 
to all undergraduate students. 

"All students should do an 
internship just to get the feel of 
working in the 'real world' and to 
learn from those already working 
in it," Brossette said. "I've already 
gotten used to the work hours and 
not having to worry about going to 
class every day, so it's going to be 
tough going back to school in Au- 

Charlie Brown kicks off NSU summer theater 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

Three-hour rehearsals to at- 
tend, costumes to fit, lines to mem- 
orize- good grief... The summer 
cast of "You're a Good Man, Char- 
lie Brown" may not have much of a 
vacation, but they stuck around for 
the experience of summer theater. 

The play was performed on 
June 11-14 as dinner theatres in 
the evenings and June 12-14 for 
daytime matinees. The last perfor- 
mances are June 18-21 for dinner 
theaters starting at 6 p.m. and June 
19-21 for matinees at 1 p.m. Tick- 
ets are $25 for evening shows and 
$4 for daytime shows. Reservations 
are required. 

"Charlie Brown" director Barry 
Stoneking, assistant professor of 
creative and performing arts and 
the director of dance, said summer 
theater can be more rigorous than 
during the semester due to the re- 
stricted time. The cast only had 
three weeks to prepare for "Char- 
lie Brown," compared to five to six 
weeks like they would for a normal 

semester performance. The three- 
week preparation time is closer to 
how professional theater compa- 
nies run their shows, so it's is good 
practice for the students. 

"I'm more demanding over the 
summer," Stoneking said. "It's un- 
derstood that school comes first 
during the semesters, but over the 
summer, we're here to work." 

Stoneking described the re- 
hearsals lasting as long as four 
hours, depending on what needs 
to be done. Jarrad Baker, who plays 
Charlie Brown, said practice time 
varies, depending on when the di- 
rector tells them to go home. 

Other cast members include 
Emily Bennett as Sally, Katie Peck 
as Snoopy, Angela Kang as Lucy, 
Casey Bozenski as Linus and Josiah 
Kennedy as Schroeder. 

Jarrad Baker, senior theater 
major, is the oldest cast member 
of "You're a Good Man, Charlie 
Brown," mostly consisting of up 
and coming sophomores and fresh- 
men. He said the cast really gives it 
their all and are very talented. 

Stoneking described the play 

as little scenes, like out of the daily 
comic. "Charlie Brown" does not 
have a set plot, but consists of short 
scenes that target each character. 

The play is also very light on 
props, due to the small budget of 
summer theater, but the set is the 
most impressive. Philip Kidd, as- 
sistant professor of creative and 
performing arts, and students from 
the theater department created an 
oversized playground for the char- 
acters to interact in. Stoneking said 
he did not want any set changes 
during the play, so he thought a 
playground scene would be most 

The jungle gym is the larg- 
est part of the set, reaching up to 
10 feet. Baker, who plays the lead 
character, is 6'3, and Kennedy, who 
plays Schroeder, is 6'4. The set had 
to be large enough to make them 
look like children. There is also an 
oversized slide, monkey bars and a 
dog house for Snoopy. 

Baker said the biggest task of 
this play was to pretend to be a 
child, which was hard for him, he 
said, because he definitely does not 

look like a child. 

Stoneking said he likes to go 
into an audition blind and choos- 
es cast members based mostly on 
their talent, but appearance had 
some to do with it. He said he likes 
that the cast is diverse, with Charlie 
Brown played by a black man and 
Lucy played by an Asian woman. 

"For the children, I think it's a 
really great thing," Stoneking said. 
"The cast really looks like our pop- 

Stoneking even asked Baker to 
pick out his hair so that it makes his 
head seem larger and rounder, like 
the actual cartoon. 

"Honestly, I think my job is 
to make them forget about it [my 
race]," Baker said. 

Stoneking could recognize the 
built in humor of casting Kennedy, 
the tallest cast member, as Schro- 
eder. Kennedy, sophomore theatre 
major, described his legs as stick- 
ing up higher than the toy piano he 
played on the floor. 

Baker described the biggest 
task of the play as pretending to be 
a child, while Kennedy said the fact 

that the play is performed "in the 
round" has made it more challeng- 
ing. "In the round" means that the 
audience surrounds the set, a little 
over three quarters, and sees the 
play from different perspectives. 

"It's hard to think outside of 
that box that you're used to work- 
ing," Kennedy said about working 
in the round, "but it's coming to- 
gether nicely." 

While most dinner theaters 
interact with the audience, like in 
murder mysteries, "You're a good 
man, Charlie Brown," was not orig- 
inally designed for dinner theater. 
The characters will serve the food, 
a picnic-themed dinner catered by 
SODEXHO, and accept tips, but 
do not enter the crowd during the 
performance. The only character to 
break the audience-actor bound- 
ary is Snoopy, played by Katie Peck, 
sophomore theater major. 

Peck goes out into the audi- 
ence for two or three numbers to 
entertain the crowd. This is Peck's 
first NSU theater performance, and 
she said she sees this as a good op- 
portunity to learn about musical 

theater and that it is a lot of fun. 

"You're a good man, Charlie 
Brown" is open to all ages. Stonek- 
ing said they chose this play to per- 
form over the summer in hopes 
of entertaining the children of the 
Natchitoches community. 

"I hope the community real- 
izes that we got a lot of flack this 
past semester because of one of the 
shows we produced that had some 
strong language in it... but we re- 
ally try to address all sorts of things 
in here, that's what good art does," 
Stoneking said. "So this is really for 
the children." 

Future summer theater pro- 
ductions are "Sylvia," on July 30- 
August 2 and August 6-9, and "Dog 
Tales," on July 31-August 2 and Au- 
gust 7-9. 

"Sylvia" is a dinner theater pro- 
duction, so reservations are need- 
ed. "Sylvia" is about a talking dog 
and is appropriate for children over 
the age of 13, for its sophisticated 
humor. "Dog Tales" is an original 
play written and directed by Scott 
Burrell, director of theater, and is 
intended for children 10 and older. 

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Kevin Clarkston 

Features Reporter 

It's summertime, a time when 
school is out and 
summer blockbusters 
rule the silver screen. 
Most of these block- 
busters are usually 
action films, and the 
audience for them is 
usually guys. With the 
new "Indiana Jones" 
and "Iron Man" films 
grossing a combined 
total of $254 million 
at the box office on their open- 
ing weekends alone, it's clear that 
someone's turning out to see these 
fast and furious explosion fests. 

So why do guys turn out in 
droves to see the latest action mov- 
ie? There are several ways to answer 
this question. 

One reason may be because as 
guys we are socialized to like them. 
The first toys for many of us were 
Army men, G.I. Joe or other action 
figures (notice how guys' toys are 
never called dolls), and pretty much 
every guy I know at some point en- 
dured the joy (or agony, depending 
on who you talk to) of playing com- 
petitive team sports. 

From an early age, guys are 
taught that men are supposed to be 

strong, athletic, aggressive and in 

Another reason for this phe- 
nomenon could be the fantasy and 
escape that action movies allow. 
While a chick flick may 
offer women the chance 
to let it all out with their 
girlfriends, action movies 
allow guys to let out our 
frustrations and anger in a 
safe environment. 
From jocks to pretty boys 
to geeks, every one of us at 
some point has felt power- 
less about circumstances in 
our lives. Watching Rambo slaugh- 
ter a slew of bad guys or John Mc- 
Clane make it out 
of an impossible 
scenario and fire off 
some wisecrack al- 
lows us to feel pow- 
erful and in control 
as we live vicari- 
ously through them 
for 90 minutes. A 
psychologist might 
say that is another 
way men bond with 
one another without 
getting emotionally 
attached, since most 
action flicks are high 
on adrenaline and 
low on introspection. 

Chick flicks and 
action films 

"Watching Rambo 
slaughter a slew of 
bad guys ... allows 
us to feel powerful 
and in control as 
we live vicariously 
through them for 90 

-Kevin Clarkston 

Of course it could also boil 
down to good old fashioned peer 
pressure. You may want to go see 
the latest My Best Friend's Wed- 
ding-Waiting to Exhale-Mean Girls 
type movie, but you also don't want 
your friends to clown you merci- 
lessly. So you go watch a bunch of 
people get blown to bits instead. 

In the end the reasons men like 
action movies are as different as 
each individual man. Of course this 

is coming from 

a guy who just 
saw "Sex and The 
City: The Movie" a 
few days ago, so I 
know little some- 
thing about being 
Kevin Clarkston is 
a senior journalism 
major. The views 
expressed do 
not necessarily 
represent those of 
the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

The summer movies of 2008 
left a bit to be desired. 

"Iron Man" was 
excellent and "Prince 
Caspian" was every- 
thing I expected it to 
be, but "Made of Hon- 
or" was made of a plaid, 
womanizing material 
posing as honor. After 
two hours of yawning, I 
wondered if the summer movie dry 
spell would pick up. 

I remember when I saw the 
"Sex And The City" movie trailer 
for the first time. I heard the music 
and almost started jumping with 
joy in my seat - a "Sex and the City" 
movie? Really? May 30 seemed far 
away, but I was patient. I refused to 
do research on the movie or search 
for previews and spoilers because I 
wanted to be thrilled and surprised. 
All I knew for sure was that it was 
going to be fabulous. 

I settled into my chair with a 
hopeful attitude and sat through 

dreadfully repetitive previews for 
"Mamma Mia." For a split second I 
thought I might have made a mis- 
take, but then I remembered the 
many boyfriends, breakups and 
Blahniks the girls had gone through 
to get this far. How could "Sex and 
the City" go wrong? 
When I heard the show's theme 
song, I felt a wave of exhilaration 
like I was at the top of a 
roller coaster. I was so 
happy - and then, out of 
nowhere, Fergie started 
whining about labels and 
love. After that, I remem- 
bered that I was no longer 
seated comfortably in my 
living room, but in a the- 
ater, where many great 
TV legends came to 

Sure, it was kind 
of cool to see Char- 
lotte, Samantha, Mi- 
randa and Carrie rela- 
tively happy at the end 
of the film, but the 
movie was altogether 
too bland and de- 
pressing. Don't get me 
wrong. I enjoy a sad 
movie now and then - "Pay It For- 
ward," "Saving Private Ryan" - but I 
expected more out of "Sex and the 
City." Half of the movie consists of 

'"Made of Hon- 
or' was made of 
a plaid, woman- 
izing material 
posing as honor!' 

-Kelli Fontenot 

Carrie lying in bed without speak- 
ing or eating at all. 

The HBO series started out 
telling the stories of single women 
who didn't necessarily believe that 
marriage was paramount, but the 
movie essentially ended with all 
of the girls "settling down" in their 
own way. I will always enjoy the 
show and it was fun to see some of 
my favorite characters on the big 
screen, but the movie just didn't do 
it for me. 

There are more movies to 
come, though. "Get Smart" seems 
like the kind of remake that won't 
make everyone in the audience 
cringe and "Hellboy II" looks fan- 
tastic. Everyone will be on edge for 
"The Dark Knight," and I'll probably 
be sitting right next 
to Front Row Joe. 

It's amazing that 
no matter how many 
awful movies I sit 
through during the 
summer, I always 
end up first in line 
to buy my ticket. "I 
couldn't help but 
wonder" - when will 
I learn my lesson? 
Kelli Fontenot is a senior journal- 
ism major. The views expressed do 
not necessarily represent the Sauce 
staff or university. 

Student flies south 
for summer months 

Kera Simon 

Guest Columnist 

After I moved out 
of my parents' house 
down south, I thought 
I had left for good. 
Granted- 1 did go home 
every other weekend at 
first and have not had 
an excuse important 
enough to stay over 
the winter break, but 
I've finally had to come back— for 
my last college summer now as a 
senior— to share a house with my 
parents as what is known now as a 
"boomerang kid." 

According to many media cir- 
cuits, the term "boomerang kids" 
refers to those young adults who 
venture out into the real world of 
college, work or marriage only 
to wind up back in their parents' 
houses. I'm going through a "boo- 
merang kid" phase and may have 
to pick the phase back up when I 
graduate from college. 

Let me explain my situation. I 
used to work as a cashier, so the two 
summers before I stayed in Natchi- 
toches. I lived off campus and re- 
ally enjoyed Natchitoches with 
less people, which mostly meant I 
could get my "Hot and Spicy Mc- 
Chicken" in less than 30 minutes, 
unlike when school is in— and it 
would take 30 minutes just to cross 
the bridge. I was also able to spend 
some time on Cane River. 

But this summer is different. 
I've had to come back to my par- 
ents' house because my internship 
is only 30 minutes away in Lafay- 
ette. I've come to understand the 
true pros and cons of moving back 

Pros- Obviously, it's cheaper 

to live at your parents' house. 1 eat 
the food, and they give 
me money to buy more 
food to replenish the 
cabinets. I do not have to 
worry about paying any 
kind of additional rent, 
like along with the rent 
for my place in Natchi- 
toches, because there's 
always a free bed wait- 
ing for me at my parents' 
house. Sure, my stay here 
would be more enjoyable if there 
weren't so many boxes in my room 
and my mom's winter wardrobe 
wasn't in my closet, but beggars 
can't be choosers. 

Cons- There is only one TV in 
my house... I'm sure you see where 
this is going. I am always the last 
one to get the remote. Now, I've 
gotten out of the habit of watching 
TV. My time is better off spent on 
Facebook or reading my pile of un- 
read magazines I collected over the 
past two semesters, but it would be 
nice to have some kind of control of 
the big screen- eh? 

Another problem is that I've 
gotten out of the habit of letting 
people know where I am at all 
times. I think to text my boyfriend 
before I think to call my mom when 
I decide to go somewhere. I'll even- 
tually get a semi-panicked/con- 
cerned/mad voicemail telling me to 
call my mother... now. 

The best part about living with 
my family over the summer is that 
I get to re-learn my family dynam- 
ics. I forgot a lot of little habits than 
make my family, well, unique. 

So while as a "boomerang kid" 
I now have to help clean this house, 
something which I despised grow- 
ing up, it's nice to know that I can 
always come home. 

Memorial Day deserves reverence 

David Royal 

Senior Staff Reporter 

Another Memorial Day has re- 
cently come and passed, and Amer- 
ican citizens took full advantage 
of the annual holiday. I would be 
willing to bet, however, that most 
Americans did not dedicate a sub- 
stantial amount of time or thought 
to anything but relaxation 
or recreation. 

People seem to for- 
get that the purpose of 
Memorial Day is to honor 
the men and women who 
have died in military ser- 

Instead, people sim- 
ply see a three-day week- 
end full of barbequing, sports and 
friends. Yes, I do believe those 
things are important, but at the 
same time I wonder when Ameri- 
cans do actually take the time to 
truly recognize those who made 
the ultimate sacrifice for our coun- 


Twenty or thirty years ago, 
Americans' Memorial Day plans 
were much different than they are 
now. At one time, some of the com- 
mon sights throughout the cities 
in America on Memorial Day in- 
cluded numerous American flags 
being flown at half-staff, graves of 
fallen soldiers carefully decorated 
and even parades to honor the 
dead. Today, however, 
the only people who 
decorate graves are the 
families who have had 
a loved one die, and it 
seems like people would 
rather check out the 
"Memorial Day Week- 
end Sale" at Sears than 
a local parade. 
In other countries, people's 
priorities seem to be arranged a lit- 
tle differently. For example, Israeli 
citizens recognize Yom Hazikaron, 
which translates into Remembrance 
Day. Remembrance Day is similar 
to our Memorial Day, but one ma- 

jor difference is that Israeli citizens 
actually take the holiday seriously. 
Throughout the nation of Israel, 
air-raid sirens sound at 10:00 a.m. 
on Remembrance Day, and Israelis 
stand at attention for two minutes 
to give respect to those who have 
died for their country. 

Not just a few Israeli citizens 
participate either. The entire popu- 
lation of Israel stops whatever they 
are doing— even traffic on major 
highways— to pay tribute. Addi- 
tionally, Israel's government closes 
all places of entertainment for the 

Now, I am not saying we should 
adopt all aspects of Israel's Remem- 
brance Day, but I am pointing out 
that Americans have a lack of rev- 
erence when it comes to those who 
have died for us, and even the vet- 
erans who are still alive. 

Still, there are some people 
in our nation, however, that really 
go the extra mile to express their 
gratitude for our fallen soldiers. 
The 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd In- 

fantry Division not only place an 
American flag at each of Arlington 
National Cemetery's 290,000- plus 
graves, but also patrol 24 hours a 
day for the entire Memorial Day 
weekend to ensure that none of the 
flags fall to the ground. If that is 
not dedication, then I do not know 
what is. 

Although I am not a fan, I agree 
with Barack Obama's statement 
that our patriots who were willing 
to die for our nation were "shin- 
ing examples of what's best about 
America," and that Memorial Day 
should be a "reminder of our obli- 
gation as Americans to serve our 
fallen heroes as well as they served 

Next Memorial Day, I believe 
that if we could all just take a mo- 
ment to genuinely recognize the 
lives that have been taken for our 
country, then I believe the families 
of those who have died would at 
least feel a little more ensured that 
their loved one did not die in vain, 
which is all we can ask for. 

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Kevin Clarkston 
Features Reporter 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

David Royal 
Senior Staff Reporter 

Kera Simon 
Sauce Reporter 

Jarret Reeves 
Student Media Advisor 

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E-mail any comments 
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Not for 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

sit back and 
look at my 
21 years of 
baseball, I 
realize that 
I have seen a 
lot of history. I have seen the single 
season home run record broken 
twice, the career home run record 
broken, the Red Sox winning two 
World Championships, and there 
are so many more like Cal Ripken, 
Jr., playing in 2,632 straight games. 
Okay, I haven't seen all of Ripken's 
games but I did see the final 600 or 
so, and the list just goes on and on. 

Not only I have seen the good 
but I have seen the bad as well: with 
the strike in 1994, the 2002 All-Star 
game ending in a 7-7 tie, and what 
is now known as the "Steroids Era 
of Baseball." 

Now, I know what you're think- 
ing, "Not another story on steroids," 
and my rebuttal to that is "well sort 
of." With all these steroids running 
rampant in Major League Baseball, 
I feel it has brought forth some of 
the dirty players but has damaged 
the clean players. 

The person I had in mind is 
Ken Griffey, Jr., and the reason I 
bring him up is because he hit his 
600th career home run on June 9. 
He is only the sixth person in Ma- 
jor League history to do so, and the 
first thought that popped into my 
head was steroids. And to be hon- 
est with you, I had to slap myself for 
thinking that. 

To me, there are three key 
stages a player has to cross for it 
to be official that you're not taking 
steroids, and if you are, you're hid- 
ing it very well. 

Stage L: The eye test: For those 
of you who don't know what the eye 
test is, it's simple. Look at a player 
when he started his career and see 
how quickly his muscles have de- 

Griffey Jr. has been the same 
size his entire career. He has never 
been big by any stretch of the imag- 
ination. He has stayed relatively 
close to the same size, except for 
the fact he looks like he has had too 
many cheeseburgers now a days. So 
he passes that. 

Stage 2: Consistency: As far as 
Griffey Jr. is concerned in a word, 
Yes. For the first 12 years he was in 
the league he hit 438 home runs, 
averaging 36.5 per season. 

Just to stack those stats against 
the greats in their first 12 seasons, 
Babe Ruth averaged 25.75, Hank 
Aaron 31.16, and the current home 
run king Barry Bonds 31.16. So, 
that says he has been consistent. 

Stage 3: The biggest factor is 
probably the actual steroids drug 
testing. According to, 
Ken Griffey, Jr. to date has not failed 
any drug screens, tests, or anything 
else that checks for steroids. It 
does not say how many tests he has 
taken. He passes the third and final 

I just want to add that steroids 
are the worst thing that has hap- 
pened to baseball since the Black 
Sox scandal of 1919. 

All I ask is when people like 
Griffey Jr. pass such prestigious 
marks as 600 home runs and so 
forth, keep these stages in mind; 
don't assume steroids from the 
beginning. Since Ken Griffey Jr. 
passes all three stages, he has 600 
legitimate home runs until some- 
one proves me wrong. 

Andy Bullard 

Fletcher Jonson 
Co-Sports Editors 
June 18, 2008 

Demon receives 
honor from ESPN 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Cary Bruno of the Lady Demons softball team reaches for the ball during a game this summer. 

Bruno shines as 
student, athlete 

Adam Jonson 

Sauce Reporter 

Northwestern State softball 
standout Cary Bruno added anoth- 
er accolade to her list on Wednes- 
day as she was named the 2008 
Capital One Southland Conference 
Student-Athlete of the Year while 
Brittany Card and Amanda James- 
on also earned Academic All-SLC 

Bruno, a junior outfielder, was 
recently named the 2008 Steven 
McCarty Citizenship Award win- 
ner. She boasts a 3.56 grade point 
average in business administration. 
In addition, she is the chair of the 
Northwestern State Student-Ath- 
lete Advisory Committee and rep- 
resented the Demons at the NCAA 
Division I Student- Athlete Leader- 
ship Conference last year. 

The Pearland, Texas native has 

volunteered at the local D.O.V.E.S. 
chapter that supports battered 
women and volunteered with the 
Northwestern State Baptist Colle- 
giate Ministries team that helped 
cleanup Covington, La., following 
Hurricane Katrina. 

Sophomore Amanda Jameson 
notched first team Academic All- 
SLC honors with a 3.67 GPA in ex- 
ercise science. The Burleson, Texas 
native led the 2008 Demon squad 
with 22 RBI and three home runs. 

Junior Brittany Card, a Fort 
Worth, Texas native, added second 
team Academic All-SLC honors af- 
ter earning a 3.59 GPA in biology. 
She ranked second on the team this 
season with 24 runs scored and was 
a perfect four-for-four in stolen 

Bruno also organized the 
Northwestern State athletics com- 
munity service project last fall, 

'Operation Shoebox,' which col- 
lected items as holiday gifts for 
underprivileged children overseas. 
This spring she took part in the 
'Knock Out Hunger' food drive and 
was a member of the Demons' Di- 
xie Youth Softball Clinic, providing 
free instructions to young girls. 

Bruno qualified for the Dean's 
List during the spring 2006, spring 
2007, fall 2007 and spring 2008 
semesters and qualified for the 
Honor Roll during the Fall 2006 
semester. She was also a mem- 
ber of the Southland Conference 
Commissioner's Honor Roll during 
the spring 2006 and spring 2007 se- 

In 2008, Bruno led the Demons 
with a .302 batting average and 
earned All-SLC third-team honors. 
She also topped the team with 18 
stolen bases, a mark that ranked 
fourth in the SLC this season. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Mike Jaworski plays first base for the Demon baseball team. 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Senior first baseman Mike 
Jaworski was named to the 2008 
ESPN the Magazine Academic All- 
America Team, earning second- 
team honor in the university divi- 
sion released by the College Sports 
Information Directors of America 
(CoSIDA). Jaworski joins an elite 
list of Demon baseball players. 

Jaworski joins Bobby Barbier 
(2004), Terry Joseph (1993 and 
1995), and Ryan Anholt (1999) 
as the only NSU baseball players 
named to any Academic All-Amer- 
ica team. 

This is the third Academic All- 
America honor for an NSU stu- 
dent-athlete since 2004 and twelfth 
overall. Jaworski, a graduate stu- 
dent from Houston, joins players 
from Florida State, Notre Dame, 
Georgia, Kentucky, St John's, and 
Arizona State. 

He is the only player from Lou- 
isiana and the lone Southland Con- 
ference representative on any of the 
three teams. He was placed on the 
national ballot after he earned first 
team Academic-All District hon- 

"This is just a tremendous hon- 
or for Mike," said head Coach J. P. 
Davis. "He truly exemplifies what a 

student-athlete should be. On the 
field and in the classroom, he gives 
it everything he has." 

Before starting graduate 
school, Jaworski earned his bache- 
lor's degree in business administra- 
tion in the spring of 2007. Jawroski 
currently has a 3.81 grade point av- 

The Houston native led the 
Demons to a second place finish 
in the Southland Conference East- 
ern Division (17-12) and a 28-28 
overall record. The Demons had a 
legitimate shot at winning the East- 
ern Division title until the final two 
games of the season. 

Jaworski earned Louisville 
Slugger Hitter of the Week honors 
in April after blasting five home 
runs in five games, including a 
school record three four-baggers in 
a game against Texas-San Antonio 
on April 12. He also earned SLC 
Hitter of the Week and the Loui- 
siana Sports Writers Association 
Hitter of the Week twice this sea- 

"This is a great honor for Mike, 
who has represented the NSU 
baseball program with a high level 
of integrity on all levels," said NSU 
Director of Athletics Greg Burke. 
"I am very happy for him and look 
on this as a well-deserved post- 
script to an outstanding season." 

Athletes break own records at NSU 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Chad Leath's 400 meter hurdles 
school record and Trecey Rew's 
school record for discus were bro- 
ken at the NCAA Mideast Regional 
Track and Field Championships. 
The only thing is, they broke their 
own records. 

Leath jumped to a 50.53 time, 
after a come-from-behind win over 
second-fastest qualifier, Lee Moore 
ofOle Miss (50.64). 

Only Auburn's Rueben McCoy 
(48.86) has a faster time than Leath 
among the Mideast Regional final- 
ists. Leath's time is the 14th -fastest 
collegiate mark this season. 

a time of 
51.56 at 
the NSU 
April 12th, 
breaking a 
school re- 
cord. He improved his time nearly 
a whole second at the Southland 
Conference Championships, mark- 

ing a time of 50.63. 

The top five finishers in the 
Mideast Regionals automatically 
advanced to the NCAA Champion- 

The Southland Conference 
Trecey Rew, 
added to her 
own school 

Rew fin- 
ished eighth 
in the women's discus with a 164-6 
throw, improving by nearly a foot 
and a half. 

In the men's javelin competi- 
tion, Sam Norton finished 20th. 
The senior fouled on his first two 

His last attempt landed 187-9, 
nearly 20 feet behind his season's 

Lady Demon sophomore long 
jumper Jessica Tuck finished two 
feet behind her season's best 19- 
11 in Friday's qualifying round and 
failed to advance to the finals. 

Tuck has been bothered by 
torn cartilage in her knee. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

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Dam Run: A local tradition 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

What started as just a casual 
ride to the South Dam in celebra- 
tion of Independence Day about 
18 years ago morphed into a star- 
spangled boat decoration contest 
then into a giant water balloon 

It first began with a few friends 
and has grown into a more than 50 
boat dash down Cane River to float 
from boat to boat and share good 
food, conversation and plenty of 

Steve Wiggins, head of the 
Miller beer distribution of Natchi- 
toches, is one of the Founding Fa- 
thers of what is now known as the 
Dam Run, taking place every year 
around the Fourth of July. 

Wiggins said it used to take 
forever to get to the South Dam, at 
least five hours. Back when boats 
had only 40 or 50 horse power en- 
gines, they would cruise along all 

Now people have more "fancy 
boats," with 90 to 200 horse power, 
taking less time to get to the actual 
dam and more time just to float and 
enjoy the big party. 

The three hour stretch starts at 
mile marker 48 at noon with a fire- 
works launch off of Wiggins' dock. 

The Dam Run, which started 
in 1990, is usually planned for the 
weekend before the 4th of July. 
Since the 4th fell on a Friday this 
year, they decided to have it then. 

One of the biggest traditions 
involving the Dam Run is the 
"touching of the dam." Wiggins 
said those true Dam Runners must 
touch their boats to the South Dam 
for it to count. That's the whole 
point of it, he said. 

Photo by Kera Simon/Current Sauce 

More than 50 boats float and relax on Cane River during the Dam Run on the Fourth of July. 

Not everyone knows of this 
tradition, but the hard-core tradi- 
tionalists insist that it's a must. 

The popularity of the annual 
Dam Run has spread strictly by 

Friends would tell friends how 
much fun they had, and so the num- 
bers continued to rise. The biggest 
Dam Run to date was last year with 
about 60 boats. 

This year there were a little less 
- about 50 boats all together - but 
Wiggins attributed that to the fact 
it was held on a Friday instead of 
the usual Saturday. 

"I really hope it doesn't grow 
more than it already has," Wiggins 

said. "As long as it doesn't get out of 
Control and people just take it easy, 
we all have a good time." 

The Wildlife and Fisheries 
Cane River patrol has been on duty 
for the Dam Run every year, get- 
ting a little upset about the event. 
Wiggins said they more or less 
keep people in line during the Dam 

"They really haven't harassed 
us," Wiggins said. "They're there 
trying to educate people of the 
rules and keep them safe." 

People do not know the rules 
sometimes, and Wiggins said that 
even he did not know that there 
was no swimming allowed in no- 

wake zones, which was the biggest 
complaint of the patrol last year. 

This year, the Dam Run boats 
were taking up both sides of the 
river - not making room for oppos- 
ing traffic. 

An adjustment the Cane River 
patrol made for this year's Dam 
Run was to ban the use of water 

The water balloons started 
about six or seven years ago. Wig- 
gins is not sure who started it, but 
he said people started bringing 
them to defend themselves against 
the other boats - and thus the wa- 
ter balloon fight began. 

Over the years, more and more 

water balloons would be left in the 
river. Even though they are bio- 
degradable, the litter was obvious. 
The Cane River patrol told Wiggins 
that the balloons were a threat to 
the fish. Some people also started 
filling balloons with ice or other liq- 
uids besides water that could dam- 
age boats, so banning them seemed 
the right choice. 

All that Wiggins had to do was 
tell his friends to not bring water 
balloons, and the word spread. 

Even though there were no 
water balloons, people still found 
ways to soak each other. Water 
guns, pumps and even a three-gal- 
lon bucket could be found on the 
river on that day, but Wiggins had 
the ultimate set-up. 

He had two kegs filled with 
water, added 60 pounds of pressure 
and was able to pump out a contin- 
uous stream of ice-cold water onto 
his unsuspecting victims. 

There's an unspoken under- 
standing between participants in 
the Dam Run. Those who want to 
take part in the water fight go to the 
front, while those who don't want 
to get wet take their time in the 

People respect those who are 
not armed with water-defenses so 
not to drench the unwilling - that 
way everyone is able to enjoy the 

Once people get to the end 
- after touching the dam with their 
boats, of course - they anchor their 
boats and get in the river, swim- 
ming to each others' boats and 
making new friends during the an- 
nual event. 

"We just do it and if other peo- 
ple come along, that's good," Wig- 
gins said. "It's our way to celebrate 
the Fourth and have a good time." 

Students slightly shaken by mistaken letters 

Photos by Leigh Gentry/Current Sauce 

Right: Senior family and 
consumer sciences major Kacy 
Brown reads her letter from 
the Office of Financial Aid. 

Left: The letter stated that 
Brown was no longer a stu- 
dent at NSU and was leaving 
the university. She received the 
financial aid letter by mistake 
and was not the only one. 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

A couple of hundred NSU stu- 
dents received a letter by mistake 
from the Office of Financial Aid 
stating they were leaving the uni- 
versity, according to Misti Adams, 
director of student financial aid. 

These letters are necessary for 
those students who actually are 
leaving the university. The Office of 
Financial Aid at NSU is required by 
federal law to notify students when 
they are no longer enrolled at the 

university because those students 
must complete an exit interview 
with the school, Adams said. 

Adams said the office request- 
ed information on the students 
who were not registered for either 
the summer or fall 2008 sessions. 

Those who were enrolled were 
to excluded from this computer 
search for students, but they actu- 
ally were accidentally included, Ad- 
ams said. 

The problem could have been 
a computer glitch or an oversight, 
Adams said. 

"Mistakes happen," Adams 


Students don't seem to have 
taken the mistake too badly. 

Senior family and consumer 
science major Kacy Brown was one 
of the students who received a let- 
ter by mistake. 

Brown said she received her 
letter around mid- June and as- 
sumed it related to the summer 
class she had recently dropped, so 
she didn't think it was a big deal. 

However, the letter mentioned 
that Brown was leaving the univer- 

sity, which she said confused her. 
She checked her registration status 
and schedule online and saw she 
was still enrolled for the fall, and 
she left it at that. 

Brown's husband and senior 
hospitality, management and tour- 
ism major Scott Brown received a 
similar letter from student financial 

He had heard from others that 
several students had gotten a letter 
by mistake, so he went to financial 
aid to check on his status. Those at 
the office told Scott it was nothing. 

Adams said the letters went out 
to the students before the financial 
aid office noticed the mistake. 

As soon as the office found out, 
the staff identified students who 
had been sent the letter by mistake 
and then sent out correction letters, 
Adams said. She said the office sent 
out a couple of hundred correction 
letters for all NSU campuses. 

Adams does not foresee any 
trouble relating to this incident. 

"It is behind us," Adams said. 
"Everything should be squared 

Chris Harlan 
Life Editor 
July 31, 2008 

Online degree program turns 
dreams into reality at NSU 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/Current Sauce 

The Wellness Recreation and Activities Center hosted local children for the Fun and Fitness Camp. 

WRAC offers alternative 
to lazy summer activities 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

With summer comes summer 
camps, and NSU's Wellness, Recre- 
ation and Activity Center (WRAC) 
hosted their own summer camp, 
which began, July 14. 

The WRAC is hosting the NSU 
Fun and Fitness camp for the third 
year in a row. 

The Fun and Fitness camp 
started on July 14 and ran through 
July 25. 

Children attending had the 
choice of participating in one or 
both five-day sessions. 

The camp is not new to NSU, 
but this is the third year it's been 
held at the WRAC, facility director 
Patric DuBois said. 

Children ages five to 11 at- 
tended the camp Monday through 
Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Jason Stelly, the director of in- 
tramurals at NSU, is also in charge 
of the camp, organizing the work- 
ers and activities for the children. 

The activities rane from arts 
and crafts to sports, with a snack 
time somewhere in between. Stu- 
dent workers will be helping Stelly 
run the camp. 

Parents from all over the com- 
munity bring their children to at- 
tend the Fun and Fitness camp. 

Special accommodations can 
be made by anyone who needs to 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/Current Sauce 

Senior social work major Joshua Docter assists students during 
craft time of the WRAC's Fun and Fitness camp. 

drop their children off early or pick 
them up late. 

The Fun and Fitness camp 
has been at NSU for years but was 
moved to the WRAC three years 

The building provides plenty of 

room to host the camp, but it keeps 
the children from getting too hot 
- a danger that exists in outdoor 

The Fun and Fitness camp has 
no shortage of children signed up 
to participate. 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

The dream of walking across a 
stage and tossing a cap will become 
a reality for 15 more students this 
December— students who never 
thought it possible. 

"If it wasn't for the CALL 
program I'd still be wondering if 
I would ever be able to finish col- 
lege," Paul Kennedy said. 

The Continuum for All Loui- 
siana Learners (CALL) program is 
a partner with university college 
in which all classes are online. The 
program began spring 2007, and 
14 adult learners became the first 
CALL graduates in May 2008. The 
next 15 graduates will claim their 
diplomas this December, and Ken- 
nedy will be one of them. 

Kennedy started college in 
1995 and had not finished by 2001 
when he got offered "one of those 
jobs you just don't turn down." Al- 
though he enjoyed his job as a soft- 
ware engineer, Kennedy said he al- 
ways regretted his decision to leave 

"It's still a decision that some- 
times I wish I'd gone the other way," 
Kennedy said. 

He started college at Louisiana 
State University but later moved to 
University of Louisiana at Lafay- 
ette to be closer to his family. He 
thought about going back to fin- 
ish his degree, but it just was not 
possible to fit school into his work 

"It wasn't an option," he said. 

However, the CALL program 

is different. Coordinator of adult 
education initiatives Carl Henry 
said the program is flexible and 
convenient because the faculty re- 
alize many of the adult learners are 
working mothers and fathers. The 
students take a prior learning as- 
sessment and are able to transfer 
credits to NSU, Henry said. 

Kennedy had only nine hours 
left to complete his degree, but the 
hindrance lied in the prerequisites. 
He would have had to go to school 
another year, taking two classes 
one semester and only one class the 
next, he said. 

Kennedy enrolled in the CALL 
program in fall 2007 
and will finish sum- 
mer 2008. He will 
graduate and walk 
across the stage at 
NSU in fall 2008, 
which is making him 
slightly nervous. 

The last time he 
did that was his high 
school graduation 
13 years ago. He is also a little anx- 
ious about seeing the NSU campus. 
Since the CALL program consists 
of only online classes, Kennedy 
has never had to make the drive to 
Natchitoches to earn his credits. 

"I will step on the campus of 
the school I'm graduating from the 
day I graduate," Kennedy said. 

However, Kennedy said he 
wouldn't change it for the world, 
and now he can tell his kids one day 
they have to graduate from college 
because he did — a thought he said 
contributed to his decision to finish 

his degree. 

The CALL program offers de- 
gree programs in criminal justice, 
general studies, business admin- 
istration, radiologic technology, 
nursing, health and human perfor- 
mance, psychology, art and educa- 

The programs range from as- 
sociate to master degrees and also 
include add-on certifications. 

It offers four-, eight- and 16- 
week courses online, which stu- 
dents can mix and match, and all 
classes are taught by NSU profes- 
sors. To be in the program, adult 
learners must be at least three 
years out of high school 
or have over 60 hours 
of college credit. These 
requirements keep it 
geared to mostly adult 
learners, Henry said. 

The program had 
about 160 students in 
the fall and about 200 in 
the spring, and Henry 
said the program is still 


This program is not just for 
adult learners. It is also for Loui- 
siana. Henry said the program 
will help the state get an educated 
workplace and keep people from 
bad-mouthing Louisiana. 

Henry said there are more than 
half a million adult learners in the 
state with 60 hours or better and no 
degree, and the CALL program is 
trying to change that statistic. 

"So far, so good," Henry said 
when asked about the program's 

Loans pay for more than tuition 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

College students know as 
much as anyone that school costs 
money— money that many of them 
do not have. That is why banks and 
colleges offer student loans, and 
NSU is among them. 

NSU offers three types of stu- 
dent loans and has quite a few tak- 
ers for them. 

Stafford subsidized loans 
helped 4,393 NSU students pay for 
university expenses in 2007, the 
most recent statistics available. 

More than 3,800 students re- 
ceived Stafford unsubsidized loans, 
and 212 students received Perkins 
loans, according to the 2007 NSU 

It is not unheard of to use stu- 
dent loans to get through college, 
and NSU students have found that 
there is more to paying for college 
than just tuition. 

Bryant Weldon, senior psy- 

chology major, uses loans to pay 
for other standard living expenses 
such as rent and food. 

"Most of it's used for food be- 
cause I really don't know how to 
cook anything," Weldon said. 

Without loans, the money 
would have to come either from his 
family or from his paycheck, which 
is currently nonexistent. 

"I never would've been able to 
be in Scholars! have a job and be in 
band," he said. 

Weldon also said that he would 
not be able to maintain his grades 
and keep enough hours at a job to 
pay for his expenses. 

A job would also keep him 
from having a life outside of school 
and work, he said. 

"I'd be one of those people who 
doesn't do anything," Weldon said. 
This would be completely different 
from his life that is filled with band 
activities and homework. 

His parents also wanted Wel- 
don to get loans for school to build 

up his credit, which will help him 
down the road. 

Cory Stephens, senior general 
studies major, used a $3000 student 
loan to pay for an atypical summer 

Stephens went to Costa Rica 
for a hospitality, management and 
tourism (HMT) course last sum- 
mer with a group of NSU students. 

His loan paid the tuition, travel 
expenses and the extra costs of the 
trip, like meals and activities. 

Stephens spent three weeks 
in Costa Rica, where he lived with 
host families, attended Spanish 
classes and participated in adven- 
ture activities such as white water 
rafting and zip-cording through 
the rainforest canopy. 

His student loan made the trip 
possible because he would not have 
gone otherwise, even though he 
loves to travel. 

"Traveling's really hard to do, 
but it's the most beneficial," Ste- 
phens said. 

Important dates 
to remember 

Resident Halls open 

Last day to resign from 

all classes with 1 00% refund 

First day of classes 

Aug. 23 

Aug. 24 
Aug. 25 

Final day to appeal a grade 
from Spring 2008 

Last day to resign from 
all classes with 50% refund 

Sept. 9 

Sept. 9 

Final day for undergraduate to 
Fee payment, Prather Coliseum Aug. 25- 28 apply for Spring 2009 graduation Sept. 12 

Labor Day 

Last day to resign from 
all classes with 75% refund 

Sept. 1 

Sept. 3 

Final day to register, add/drop 

courses and make section changed Sept. 3 

Final day for graduate to apply 

for Fall 2008 graduation Sept. 12 

Fall Break Oct. 6-7 

Mid-term grades due on 

Faculty web Oct. 19 

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Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

In my 21 years of life so far, 
I've had exactly three 
"real" jobs — real as in 
not babysitting when I 
was 13 — and each one 
served a different pur- 

That wonderful 
skill of babysitting al- 
lowed me to transform 
from a high school 
senior into a full-fledged daycare 
teacher for a bunch of two-year- 

I used that job to pay for my 
prom dress and stuff for my dorm 
room. I didn't really have any bills 
to pay, so I pretty much just used 
it for Taco Bell once I moved up 

That summer job also taught 
me that I didn't want to have kids 
for a very long time. The best birth 
control is me versus eight two-year- 

Next I became a waitress at my 
hometown's one and only Mexi- 
can restaurant for my first summer 
home from college. I still work there 

when I go home— summer, Christ- 
mas break and even some three-day 
weekends. Tips are great. 

I've been very blessed to not 
have to pay for my car or 
cell phone, but I have had 
to pay for food since I 
had moved out of Mom's 

Tips from Casa 
Ole helped me eat for 
the next couple of years 
of college, something for 
which I am very grateful. 
That job also kept electricity in my 
apartment sophomore year— al- 
ways a good thing. 

Although I do plan to return 
to good old Casa Ole next break, I 

did something a little 

different this summer. 
I completed an intern 

Perspectives on 
summer jobs 

to pay more bills now and am get- 
ting married in four months. My 
responsibilities have changed a bit 
since high school, so my summer 
jobs have had to change, too. 

But this summer job was more 
than just a prom dress or the water 
bill. Not only did it give me three 
credit hours for school, but it also 
taught me a lot about what I'm go- 
ing to be doing after graduation in 
just 10 short months — wow, scary. 
I'm going out into the big, bad 
world soon, so I better 
f . . know if I like what I'm 

DUZ MIS going to be doing for 

ship required for my summer job Was the rest of my 


major with a job as a 
reporter for the Alex- 
andria "Town Talk." 

This job was so dif- 
ferent than daycare or 
waiting tables. It wasn't 
just to pay the bills. 

Granted it did help 
in that aspect, considering I have 

more than just 
a prom dress or 
the water bill. " 

-Leigh Gentry 


Guess what. I do 
Leigh Gentry 
a senior journalism 
major. The views ex- 
pressed do not neces- 
sarily represent the 
Sauce staff or univer- 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Not too long ago, 
my routine during my 
summer break included 
waking up at whatever 
hour suited me, loung- 
ing around the house 
watching television, 
and eventually getting 
dressed to hang out 
with my friends. 

I can now honestly say that I 
took those days for granted. 

When I turned sixteen and was 
given the keys to my car, I was also 
given more responsibility, which 
unfortunately included having to 
get a job. 

Additionally now that I have 
recently finished my first year of 
college, the only thing that has 
changed is that I have been given 
even more responsibility. 

Now, my daily routine con- 

trasts greatly to the one I used to 
have growing up. For six days a 
week, I am awakened by my alarm 
and I drag myself to work, where I 
no longer dictate how I will spend 
my day. 

I am not alone, however. This 
summer, I was among millions of 
other college students across the 
nation who searched for 
summer jobs. 

This summer I 
managed to obtain my 
old high school job at the 
glamorous fast-food in- 
dustry of Burger King. 

Although I am 
not exactly having it my 
way here 
at Burger King, my 
employer is giving 
me good hours and 
adequate pay, and I 
believe that is about 
all I can ask for as a 
measly college stu- 
dent with little work 

The work may 
not be desirable and 
there are times when 
I do just feel like quit- 

"Although I am not 
exactly having it my 
way here at Burger 
King my employer 
is giving me good 
hours and adequate 
~David Royal 

ting, but every other Wednesday 
when I receive my check I am re- 
minded why I should stick with the 

I have quickly learned that I 
should simply grit my teeth and 
take full advantage of this summer 
break to make as much money as 
possible because I know that once 
the fall semester begins my time for 
a job will be extremely limited. 

Unfortunately with summer 
half-way complete, I know that my 
time of profit will soon come to an 

I guess, however, if I look at it 
on the other hand, I still have a few 
more weeks to make a lot of mon- 
ey, which actually 
sounds a lot better 
than sitting at home 
all day watching 
re- runs and talk- 

David Royal is 
a sophomore jour- 
nalism major. The 
views expressed do 
not necessarily rep- 
resent the Sauce 
staff or university. 

Celebrity news disorder 
sickens student to core 

Kera Simon 

Guest Columnist 

I am ecstatic that Angelina Jo- 
lie had her twins. Two healthy chil- 
dren were born in France after she 
was in the hospital for 
two weeks. 

I'm not happy be- 
cause I'm an Angelina 
lolie fan, because truth 
be told — I'm not. I'm 
not happy because I 
have an overall con- 
cern for pregnant ce- 
lebrities — their strug- 
gles are shown to be the same as, 
gasp, us normal people. 

No, I'm glad that she had her 
twins because I no longer have to 
hear the constant updates. 

As soon as Jolie entered the 
hospital, there was a stakeout of 
photographers and news chan- 
nels waiting to see when Brad and 
her three children would visit her. 
Breaking news on CNN would in- 
clude the health of her two unborn 
babies and what Maddox was wear- 
ing when he visited her. 

Wow, I'm sad to say that I 
don't remember what city was last 
bombed in Iraq, but I do know the 
names of (olie's two twins — even 
though I would change the channel 
as soon as Brangelina reports came 
on, but the baby names slipped in 
there anyway. 

This celebrity worship is noth- 
ing new. Media starting digging into 
the personal lives of stars, starting 
mostly with Marilyn Monroe, ac- 
cording to a CBS story titled "New 
Age of Celebrity Worship." Now 
there are tabloids and glossy maga- 
zines that have gossip columns that 
are like the crack for the star struck 

I'm guilty of celebrity worship 
myself, but it is very disappointing 
when my trusty news channels stuff 
it down my throat. I don't particu- 
larly like news channels — so when 
I put them on, I expect hard-hit- 
ting, worldly or significant news... 
Not breaking news on Jolie's babies' 

Media is being driven by "Ce- 
lebrity Worship Syndrome," a di- 
agnosis researched by the British 
Journal of Psychology that has a 
sliding scale of celebrity worship 
ranging from innocent admiration 
to resembled addiction. 

The first stage of said syndrome 

is the most common. "Entertain- 
ment-Social" entails that people in- 
dulge in celebrities' lives as a means 
of social communication and enjoy- 
ment. It's a distraction and pleasant 
topic of conversation. 

The second stage is the "In- 
tense-personal" in which a 
person feels drawn to that 
celebrity with a deeper 
sense of understanding. 
Like saying Halle Berry is 
your soul mate, and seri- 
ously meaning it. 
The third, and most rare 
case is "Borderline-Patho- 
logic." This stage occurs when peo- 
ple have compulsive thoughts about 
their favorite celebrity or have disil- 
lusions about their celebrity — like 
believing the celebrity would res- 
cue them or fall in love with them. 
Sufferers can fall into depression if 
their celebrity's life has taken a bad 
turn or they suddenly can't find in- 
formation on them. 

A 2003 American study found 
that one third of the public has Ce- 
lebrity Worship Syndrome. So as 
long as the masses consume the 
celebrity brain-killing information, 
the media will continue to feed us. 

It all comes down to the fact 
that celebrity news sells. Americans 
would much rather be distracted by 
the lives of famous people — even 
famous people with no merit, like 
reality stars — to escape from their 
own lives or the real world. 

Truth is, we're in the middle 
of a war with no end in sight, the 
economy is crappy, the dollar is not 
even worth the paper it's printed 
on and gas is forcing people to cut 
back on necessities in order to trav- 
el to work. 

It's an endless cycle that has 
gone out of control, and Jolie's 
twins are serving as a much-desired 
distraction from all that. If people 
were not so distracted by the lives 
of seemingly-significant people 
they don't know, who knows what 
we could get done as informed, 
free-thinking individuals. 

Take a deeper look into why 
we're still in Iraq? Invest in alter- 
native fuel ambitions? Push to dis- 
cover why only $3 million was used 
to investigate 9-11 but $40 million 
was used to investigate the Clinton 
scandal? Na, just sit back and ana- 
lyze the meaning behind celebrity 
baby names, because that's more 


Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 

Kevin Clarkston 
Features Reporter 

Kelli Fontenot 
Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

David Royal 
Senior Staff Reporter 

Kera Simon 
Sauce Reporter 

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Student Media Advisor 

Office Phone 

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Just a small town boy 

Kevin Clarkston 

Features Reporter 

New York. Atlanta. Los An- 
geles. To many kids growing up in 
small towns with one traffic light 
and an everybody-knows-every- 
body atmosphere, these 
and many other big cit- 
ies seem like an exciting 
alternate universe filled 
with big buildings and 
diverse, colorful charac- 

Many high school 
outcasts and other mis- 
fits usually find their 
way to these metropoli- 
tan areas, hoping to find 
a place where they'll meet other 
weirdoes like themselves. 

A native of Alexandria, I know 
a little bit about this desire. While 
Alexandria has way more than 
one traffic light, it is not Manhat- 
tan, and I can definitely remember 
many people I went to school with 

talk about how they couldn't wait 
to get out of Alex'— as it is referred 
to by its inhabitants — and move to 
Houston, Atlanta or at least Baton 
Rouge or New Orleans. 

We all longed to live in a city 
where the downtown area didn't 
look deserted, clubs 
where you could dance 
without bumping into 
ten people or going to a 
Wal-Mart without see- 
ing everyone from your 
church, family and kin- 
dergarten class within a 
space of 5 minutes. 

More impor- 
tantly, the reason most 
young people flee from 
small- town life is the pressure to 
conform. Large cities can offer the 
chance to live a life that suits one's 
personality, rather than having 
to worry about possible criticism 
or disapproval from family and 

Of course, living in the big city 

is not without its problems. While 
some might relish the anonym- 
ity that comes with living in a city 
populated by millions, others might 
find it lonely and isolating. 

Then there's the issue of money. 
Cities like Los Angeles or New York 
are notorious for their high cost of 
living, and with the current state of 
the economy, scraping out a living 
on minimum wage or the first job 
after college can be extremely dif- 

Within my own family, some 
relatives have chosen to stay in Al- 
exandria or the surrounding areas, 
while others have moved to Cali- 
fornia, Texas or Washington, D.C., 
and both groups seem to be happy 
with their living situations. 

What the big city versus small 
town really comes down to is per- 
sonal preference. 

Those who want to break out 
and live in the big city will find a 
way, just as others will find a way to 
enjoy small town life. 

E-mail any comments or letters to the editor to 


Students hit the road for summer 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

You can read Jack Kerouac 
and watch The Travel Channel all 
you want, but if you don't 
hit the road yourself, you 
can't comprehend the full 

Road trips are expen- 
sive, stressful and some- 
times even dangerous. Yet 
thousands of college stu- 
dents load up their cars 
every summer to travel 
across the country for new jobs, 
internships, concerts, friends' wed- 
dings and family vacations. 

It seems whether you're go- 
ing corporate or hanging out with 
Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, 
driving is still considered the most 
entertaining way to get there. Peo- 
ple love the sense of freedom asso- 
ciated with just driving around. 

In 1973, George Lucas made 
"American Grafitti," a film that cen- 

tered around the idea of teenagers 
driving around as a way to social- 
ize. Recent movies like "Cars" (and 
the Rascal Flatts covers they incite) 
prove interest is not weaning. Even 
with today's soaring 
gas prices, I still have 
k i to wait in line at the 

II Pump- 

What is it about 
driving that drives us? 

Most people drive 
to work out of necessity 
or convenience, but on 
occasion, I still witness 
people hanging out of 
the windows of their cars, laughing 
at each other's witty banter, appar- 
ently driving just to get out of their 

Other people save up for pop 
tarts and regular unleaded fuel so 
that they can travel somewhere just 
for traveling's sake. 

Sitting behind the wheel of a 
moving vehicle can provide people 
with an enormous sense of power. 
Even if a voyager sticks to a three- 

day driving schedule meticulously 
planned out weeks in advance, a 
long drive allows multiple oppor- 
tunities to veer off course and take 
passengers on an expedition into 
the unknown. That sense of spon- 
taneity and freedom could seduce 
even the most frugal driver. 

Joel Achenbach of, 
however, writes that one impor- 
tant factor of such a journey has 
been threatened by human depen- 
dence on technology, specifically 
GPS devices. Traveling involves 
interpreting landscapes and mak- 
ing decisions on our own, but with 
mapping devices like the Garmin 
and TomTom, we lose our sense of 
adventure and navigation power. 

It's true. Using a GPS is kind 
of like asking for a booster chair at 
the movie theater - it's not entirely 
necessary and it will probably em- 
barrass you in front of your taller 
friends. But for some people, re- 
moving the focus from navigation 
can be liberating. 

I borrowed a TomTom when I 

drove to Oregon this summer, and 
it actually subtracted stress from 
my journey. Instead of leaning over 
to look at a map with tiny print, I 
relied on a pleasant British accent 
advising me to drive 300 yards and 
then "take the motorway" The GPS 
device allowed me to focus on my 

It was comforting to know that 
if I wanted to, I could stop to take 
pictures of the largest prairie dog in 
the world without the fear of get- 
ting lost. Features on the TomTom 
also allow you to search for res- 
taurants, motels and other "points 
of interest" if you feel like taking a 
break, which is great if you're try- 
ing to find a Panda Express or a 
relatively cheap gas station. 

People bemoan the GPS ev- 
ery time I mention I use one, but I 
don't see why; it's a practical back- 
up system when your map is inac- 
curate and your mental compass 
isn't quite aligned. With of without 
one, though, the road will definitely 
keep you entertained. 

Andy Ballard 
Fletcher Jonson 
Co-Sports Editors 
July 31, 2008 

to come back? 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

That's the 
question I've 
been asking 
myself ever 
since Brett 

Favre said he was leaving the NFL. 

Now, oddly enough, I find 
myself asking the same question 
because Favre can't make up his 
mind. And let me tell you, as a huge 
football fan and a huge Favre fan, 
it's starting to drive me nuts. 

The first time I saw the press 
conference where the teary eyed 
Favre announced he was done play- 
ing football and would retire to his 
Mississippi home, I can't lie. I really 
thought his run was over. 

Then I looked at his final sea- 
son stats: 66.5 percent completion 
percentage, 4,155 passing yards, 28 
touchdowns and a passer rating of 
95.7. After seeing those numbers, 
that's when I asked myself "Why, 
Brett? Why?" the first time. 

After a few weeks passed, I 
realized that he was pulling a Bar- 
ry Sanders, and going out on his 
terms, going out when he could still 
walk away and not be pushed out 
by injury. Also, it didn't hurt that he 
was one step from winning Super 

He went out as the great- 
est quarterback of all time. As an 
even bigger Denver Broncos fan, 
and more especially a HUGE John 
Elway fan, that last statement was 

Fortunately for me, the num- 
bers will back up my greatest of 
all time statement: 61,655 passing 
yards (first all time), 5,377 comple- 
tions (first all time), 442 passing 
touchdowns (first all time by 22), 
most wins as a quarterback with 
160 (needless to say first all time), 
Oh, and how could I forget the 253 
consecutive games he played (first 
all time)? 

The numbers back me up, and 
he won Super Bowl XXXI. As far as 
I'm concerned, he should've been 
the Super Bowl MVP. 

And while we are on the subject 
of M VPs, he won three consecutive 
regular season MVP trophies from 
1995-1997. That made him the 
third person in NFL history, along 
with Jim Brown and Johnny Unitas, 
with three regular season MVPs - 
the only one to do so consecutively; 
another first all-time. 

With all the facts on the table, 
I could understand why he would 
want to retire. I honestly went 
through the five steps of griev- 
ing and had finally made it to ac- 
ceptance about him leaving. Then, 
low and behold, he says he has the 
"itch" to play again. I again found 
myself asking "Why, Brett? Why?" 

This time I was curious as to 
why he would want to come back. 
As I said before, he is and was the 
best. He has nothing else to prove. 
His ticket to Canton is already 
punched. So, as a fan sitting on the 
outside, I don't understand why. 

If he does come back to the 
NFL, whether it be for the Packers 
or any other team, the only place he 
can go is down. He can only hurt 
his reputation. 

So, until he does or doesn't 
come back, I will continue asking 
myself, "Why, Brett? Why?" 

Any response? 
Send all letters 
to the editor to 


Photo by Leigh Gentry/Current Sauce 

The Alexandria Senior High Lady Trojans huddle up to strategize with their coach at half-time. 

High schoolers take 
a shot at team camp 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

The Lady Demon basketball 
team hosted a team camp for high 
school female basketball teams 
across the state Monday through 
Wednesday, July 28-30. 

The camp gave 35 teams the 
chance to play eight games in three 
days at Prather Coliseum. 

Jennifer Graf, head coach for 
the Lady Demons, said the coach- 
es tried to plan the camp's game 
schedule to keep the teams from 
playing the same teams they play 
during their regular seasons. 

One such example in the camp 
was the game between the Sulphur 
High Lady Tornadoes and the Alex- 
andria Senior High Lady Trojans. 

Lady Trojan head coach Carol 
Elder said the camp is a good op- 
portunity to give her team experi- 

"It helps you see where you're 
at," Elder said. "It lets you know 
what you need to work on." 

Elder said the camp has shown 
her that her team needs to work on 
teamwork and confidence. 

The Lady Demon Team Camp 
and the Lady Tornadoes are noth- 
ing new to Elder. She attended the 
camp when she played for Sulphur 
High. This game was her first time 
to coach against her own former 

Although she said it felt weird 
to be on the opposite side of her 
coaches, she did find it interest- 

ing to see both teams using similar 
plays. Elder said she has incorpo- 
rated a lot of what she learned at 
Sulphur into her team. 

"It helps," Elder said about com- 
peting against similar plays. "You 
have to force yourself to vary." 

The camp was run by the 
Lady Demon basketball team and 
coaches, but there was no teach- 
ing involved as in other basketball 
camps. The teaching is in the expe- 
rience the high schoolers gain from 
the camp's games. 

Most of the work for the NSU 
team is in the planning of the camp, 
not during the camp. 

"I just get to stand around and 
watch a lot of basketball," head 
coach Graf said about her role dur- 
ing the camp. 

The camp has a $425 registra- 
tion fee per team, which provides a 
T-shirt for each girl and allows the 
teams to bring as many players as 
they want, Graf said. 

The camp helps more than just 
the high school teams. It also has 
an impact on NSU and the Lady 

"It's a huge recruiting tool, not 
just for women's basketball but also 
for the university," Graf said. 

The camp attracts a pool of po- 
tential NSU students and players, 
Graf said. 

"All these girls will probably go 
to college somewhere," Graf said. 

The Lady Demons also offered 
situational tournaments for breaks 
during the day. Teams who signed 

up were given a situation such as 
being one point ahead and on de- 
fense with only 14 seconds left on 
the clock, Graf said. 

Many of the NSU players 
worked the clocks for the games 
and kept score. Renotta Edwards, a 
senior guard for the Lady Demons, 
kept score for the games. She said 
although she still is working during 
the camp, it's nice to take a break 
and sit and watch the game instead 
of play. 

Edwards wasn't able to come 
to a team camp like this when she 
was in high school, but she said she 
can definitely see the benefits for a 

"It's good experience for them 
to play each other," Edwards said 
about the teams. "It's definitely 
good. They get a lot of exposure." 

Most of the teams in the camp 
were from the surrounding areas, 
but others came from further south 
and even Texas. 

The varsity teams included 
Fairview, Parkway, Sulphur, Alex- 
andria Senior High, Pineville, Ben- 
ton, Natchitoches Central, Win- 
nfield, Caldwell, St. Mary's, Kinder, 
Hornbeck, Pine Prairie, Loranger, 
Crowley, Castor, Rapides, Florien, 
Anacoco, Riverdale, South Beau- 
regard, Dodson, Grant, Marksville, 
Hathaway, Calvin, and Winona and 
Caney Creek, Tx. 

The seven junior varsity teams 
at the camp were from Parkway, 
Fairview, Sulphur, St. Mary's, Ben- 
ton, Riverdale and Caney Creek. 

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The Sulphur High School Lady Tornadoes battle the Alexandria Senior High Lady Trojans. 

Demon comes close 
to 2008 Olympics 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

EUGENE, Ore. - Samantha 
Ford, NSU's 2003 All-American 
women's javelin thrower finished 
11th at the USA Olympic Trials for 
track and field. 

"Sam went with a full approach 
and was just out of kilter," said Mike 
Heimerman, whose specialty is 
coaching throws. 

Ford's best mark in the 12 
woman finals was 159-0, 16-10 
short of her personal best at 175- 
10. Her personal best ranked her 
11th. She ranked eighth in the pre- 
liminary round, cutting the field in 
half with a throw of 170-10. 

Ford competed in front of 
21,949, a Hayward Field record. She 
fouled on her first attempt, threw 
175-8 on her second and recorded 
her longest on her third. 

"The crowd was so noisy, just an 
awesome atmosphere, and I don't 
think she could hear me shouting at 
her to shorten her approach," said 
Heimerman. "Lots of the athletes 
have talked about how the incred- 
ible crowds have both helped and 
hurt them because they've gotten 
too wound up, not managed their 
excitement the right way," he said. 

Ford graduated from NSU in 
biology in 2006. She is studying 
cardio- pulmonary medicine at LSU 
Health Sciences Center in Shreve- 

Ford will now turn her atten- 
tion to training for the 2009 World 

"Sam has a chance to really de- 
velop into one of the best throwers 
in the nation if she can commit to 
more training," said Heimerman. 

Kenta Bell joined Ford as the 
only two Demons competing. 

2008 Demon 
Football Schedule 

8/30 Texas A&M-Commerce 6 p.m. 
9/6 Baylor 6 p.m. 

9/13 Grambling State 6 p.m. 

9/20 CalPoly 6 p.m. 

9/27 Southestern Okla State 6 p.m. 
10/1 1 Nicholls State 6 p.m. 

10/18 Southeastern Louisiana 6 p.m. 
10/25 Sam Houston State 2 p.m. 
11/1 Texas State 3 p.m. 

11/8 Central Arkansas 4 p.m. 

7 1/15 McNeese state 6 p.m. 

1 1/22 Stephen F. Austin 6 p.m. 

Bold indicates home games. 

NSU athletics gives back 
to supporters with tour 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Northwestern State's Victory 
Tour is in the latter half of its eight 
events as the Demon coaches and 
athletic staff travels around the 
state to meet and greet supporters 
of Demon athletics. 

The events were open to the 
public and free of charge. Refresh- 
ments and food are provided, along 
with NSU material and Demon at- 
tire available for purchase. Door 
prizes are also given away. 

Each event lasted about two 
hours, consisting of a brief program 
featuring talks from head football 
coach Scott Stoker, director of ath- 
letics Greg Burke and others tak- 
ing about 20 minutes in the second 
hour of the reception. 

"Our supporters come to the 
Northwestern campus during the 
year to enjoy watching our teams 
play, so at this time of year we are 
happy to get out around the state to 
demonstrate our appreciation and 
hopefully make new friends at ev- 

ery Tour Stop," said Zach Williams, 
Tour Coordinator. 

The July 3rd destination was in 
Sabine Parish at the Toledo Bend 
Association monthly meeting at 
the Zwolle-Toledo Lion's Club. The 
Rapides Parish tour stop was July 
8 from 5:30-7:30 at the Diamond 
Grill, 924 Third Street in Alexan- 

The Shreveport/Bossier City 
Victory Tour stop was July 10 from 
5:30-7:30 at Savoie's Catering Place 
at 2441 East 70th Street in Shreve- 

Donald and Pat Horton hosted 
the Victory Tour at their home on 
July 18 in Coushatta for the Red 
River Parish supporters. 

The stop in Baton Rouge was 
July 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Hol- 
iday Inn Select Hotel. This event is 
held in concurrence with the Loui- 
siana High School Coaches' Asso- 
ciation convention each year. 

Former Demon Stuart Archer 
hosted the first tour stop in Lafay- 
ette on July 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. This 
was the first tour stop in Lafayette. 



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President Randall J. Webb, Senator Gerald Long and NSU residential assistants christen University Place Phase II at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 20. 

University unveils new housing 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Despite the overcast and drea- 
ry weather, many people gathered 
on Aug. 20 to view the ribbon-eut- 
ting ceremony for the new phase of 
University Place, which opened for 
students this past weekend. 

Before officially christening 
the new housing complex, many 
officials, including President Ran- 
dall J. Webb, Senator Gerald Long 
and Dean of Students Chris Mag- 
gio, explained the processes that 
occurred for the second phase of 
University Place to be built at NSU 
and offered words of optimism and 
encouragement to the audience. 

Maggio called the day of the 
ceremony a "historic day" for NSU 
and stated that the university is 
"taking the next step in the right 
direction." Maggio said an example 
of this step is the fact that there is 
now a waiting list for housing at 
both phases of University Place and 
University Columns. 

As a result of this waiting list, 
NSU officials have decided to tem- 
porarily re-open Varnado Hall - a 
traditional dorm that was closed 
last semester - to accommodate 


Although this situation could 
be viewed as a problem, it is a prob- 
lem NSU officials do not mind hav- 
ing because it means NSU is grow- 
ing, Maggio said in an interview. 

In continuation with Maggio's 
opinion, Senator Long said that he 
believes "the best days are in front 
of" NSU students and faculty. 

Long also expressed his pride 
and gratitude in NSU's ability to 
cooperate with both Spring Valley 
Construction, which managed the 
construction of the new complex, 
and Campus Living Villages, which 
operates University Place Phase II 
and the rest of the privatized hous- 
ing on campus. 

NSU's business relationship 
with Campus Living Housing spans 
for over 10 years, beginning with 
the management of University Col- 

Long explained that this type of 
collaboration between the state and 
private businesses will be essential 
in the future and commended NSU 
for successfully doing so thus far. 

Stephen Bruszer, Vice Presi- 
dent of Project Management for 
Spring Valley Construction, called 
the University Place Phase II proj- 

ect an "enjoyable experience." 

Bruszer explained that the 
construction of University Place 
Phase II required the aid of about 
30 subcontractors and that the site 
normally had at least 80 workers 
present daily. 

He confirmed Senator Long's 
beliefs concerning state and priva- 
tized collaboration by saying that 
although factors such as rainy 
weather made the construction 
process more difficult, with the 
cooperation of the NSU officials 
Bruszer's team was able to turn 
"obstacles into opportunities." 

At the end of his speech, Brusz- 
er even commented that he looks 
forward to working with NSU of- 
ficials on the third phase of Univer- 
sity Place. 

When asked about the mean- 
ing of Bruszer's statement, Presi- 
dent Webb responded by saying 
that he is "all for a Phase III," but 
that at this time there are no solid 

Webb said that in the mean- 
time NSU officials will have to con- 
tinue to judge students' opinions 
on Phase II and hope that eventu- 
ally there will be a need for a third 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

Dean of Students and Assistant Provost Chris Maggio thanks the 
workers, officials and administrators who participated in mak- 
ing the UP II project a reality. 

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In the university setting, where 
textbook prices mean the difference 
between dining out and another 
night of Ramen noodles, students 
have two new options this year — 
Demon Bookstore and Barnes and 

When competition approach- 
es, Demon Bookstore owner Eric 
Gilmore can hold his own by us- 
ing his No. 1 strategy - lower book 

The alumnus and former De- 
mon baseball player is originally 
from St. Louis and is currently 
making a move from Many, La. to 

Gilmore has a bachelor's de- 
gree in business administration 
and has 12 years of experience in 
the textbook industry. He has also 
worked for the Bedford, Freeman 
and Worth Publishing Group and 
the Pearson international media 

"After being in the textbook 
industry, and bookstores across the 
states, I just wanted to bring some 

of what I saw back to NSU," Gilm- 
ore said. 

Currently, Gilmore's business 
is independent. Upon his arrival in 
Natchitoches during the summer 
of 2008, Gilmore received the text- 
book list from NSU and from there 
he started looking all over the U.S. 
for new and used books. 

"My low pricing comes from 
knowing books are expensive and 
me trying to make a name for my- 
self," Gillmore said. 

Since the opening of Demon 
Bookstore, Barnes and Noble re- 
placed the University Bookstore on 
campus and serves as NSU's official 
bookstore, located downstairs in 
the Friedman Student Union. 

In the new Barnes and Noble, 
customers can find video games, 
DVD players and cameras, which 
University Bookstore did not offer. 

"I love working here, it's a 
friendly environment. Good ben- 
efits for employees, and I like the 
fact that Barnes and Noble is na- 
tionwide, so they definitely know 
what they are doing," hospitality 
management and tourism major 
and former SGA president Shayne 

Creppel said. 

Assistant Manager of Barnes 
and Noble Jeremy Procell believes 
that the presence of three book- 
stores in the area will fuel competi- 
tion that previously did not exist. 

To head up with Demon Book- 
store's low costs, Barnes and Noble 
will honor competitive pricing to 
compensate for their higher prices. 
With the proof of a purchase, any 
student can take advantage of the 
competitive pricing. 

If a student brings a receipt or 
a copy of a price list to Barnes and 
Noble, the business may be able to 
adjust the price of the Barnes and 
Noble merchandise to match the 
other stores' offers. 

"At Barnes and Noble, our pri- 
mary goal is customer service. We 
are hoping for a successful semes- 
ter and year in spite of the econ- 
omy. Our goal is making students 
and faculty happy, by doing so we 
are happy," Procell said. 

Ultimately, Gilmore believes 
that treating his customers with a 
personal touch and making them 
feel like family will keep his busi- 
ness strong and thriving. 

David Royal 
News Editor 
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August 27, 2008 

Ceremony cements students' status 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Students filed in to the aisles 
of the Fine Arts Auditorium in 
the A. A. Fredericks Center Sun- 
day night for the first official New 
Student Convocation, an assembly 
of all transfer students, returning 
students and freshmen who plan to 
graduate in the year 2012. 

For students like Suncica Strkie, 
who missed Freshman Connection 
and had only been on campus for 
five days before the convocation, 
the event was an introduction to 
the university's faculty, student or- 
ganizations and traditions. 

Strkie, a health and exercise 
science major, left Banja Luka, 
Bosnia to come to NSU as a tennis 

"It was my first flight," she said. 
"It was very scary." 

As if the intimidation of an 
overseas flight wasn't enough, 
Strkie now faces the same pres- 
sures as the other 1,100 freshmen 
in the class of 2012. 

Several NSU officials took roles 
in coordinating the event. Steven 
Gruesbeck, the new Director of 
Service Learning, collaborated 
with Reatha Cox and Shelia Gentry 
on the convocation and President's 

"They thought it was a good 
idea to get all the freshmen to- 
gether and just give them basic in- 
formation, so they can get on the 
same page and get them ready for 
school," SAB President Roderick 
Wilson said. 

The convocation and the picnic- 
that followed introduced freshmen 
to a few NSU traditions, such as 
the alma mater, the fight for Chief 
Caddo and the history behind the 

The university served hot dogs 
and hamburgers at the picnic, 

which was originally scheduled as 
an outdoor event. It took place in 
Prather Coliseum. 

Wilson said an important part 
of the convocation was introducing 
students to faculty and staff so that 
students could build connections 
with them. 

About 650 students and 100 
faculty attended the convocation, 
Gruesbeck said. 

Some freshman connectors 
walked through the aisles before 
the event began, making introduc- 
tions and personally greeting stu- 

The convocation itself served 
as a formal welcoming to the uni- 
versity, Gruesbeck said. 

"This was part of the Week of 
Welcome, and it was really an op- 
portunity for the students to get a 
glimpse of what graduation would 
look like," Gruesbeck said. 

At the convocation, 30 digni- 
taries - deans, department heads, 
provosts and others - processed 
solemnly onto the stage while wear- 
ing graduation caps and gowns. 

Gruesbeck said he thought the 
image of these leaders in their full 
regalia was powerful. 

Gruesbeck and the other co- 
ordinators wanted current and 
former NSU students to partici- 
pate in the convocation, and a few 
groups, including representatives 
of the Louisiana Scholars' College, 
showed their support for the in- 
coming students. 

Cody Bourque, the Student 
Government Association presi- 
dent, volunteered to deliver the 
invocation, Gruesbeck said. NSU 
students in the ROTC program 
presented the colors. 

Graduate student Steven 
Sparkman sang the national an- 
them and later joined NSU choral 
students Kelsey Primeaux, Renee 
Jessup and Tyler Maxey to sing the 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

Students and faculty congregate at the President's Picnic for hot dogs and hamburgers in Prather Coliseum Sunday night. The pic- 
nic followed the New Student Convocation, which took place in the Fine Arts Auditorium in the A. A. Fredericks Center. 

alma mater. 

"They were just entering fresh- 
men not too long ago," Gruesbeck 
said. "I wanted to have not only 
faculty members and professionals 
up there, but also students so that 
the students in the audience could 
relate a little bit better." 

NSU alumna Cary Bruno gave 
a speech at the convocation, as did 
President Randall J. Webb, Provost 
Thomas Hanson, law professor 

John G. Williams and Dean of Stu- 
dents Chris Maggio. 

The speakers shared personal 
anecdotes, gave students advice 
and wished them well in their aca- 
demic endeavors. 

Jace Morris, a freshman physi- 
cal therapy major who attended the 
convocation, said he thought the 
speeches were insightful. 

"It was really nice. I really en- 
joyed it," Morris said. "I'm glad they 

took the time out to help us with 
that and everything." 

Morris, a graduate of Natchi- 
toches Central High, said he looks 
forward to meeting new people at 

"I'm pretty excited just to see 
and try new things and be a part of 
something that's going to change," 
Morris said. 

Before the end of the formal 
ceremony, Maggio presented Webb 

with a brick - engraved with "Class 
of 2012" - that will soon be added 
to the alumni plaza in the Creative 
and Performing Arts courtyard. 

Maggio's gesture, along with 
the convocation, cemented the new 
students as official members of the 

The New Student Convocation 
may become one of NSU's many 
traditions in the future, Gruesbeck 

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finally been discovered on the NSU 

Stephanie Stanton is the ad- 
ministrative coordinator in St. De- 
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She began feeding Dumplin' a year 
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chicken feed to the existing office 
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"It took me 
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set feeding time during the day. 
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street "when she is ready," Stanton 
said. Dumplin' also causes traffic to 
stop when she begins to cross the 

"I love it when the cars driv- 
ing by stop and wait for her to walk 
across the street," Stanton said. "I've 
even seen some students take pic- 
tures of her with their cell phones." 

Stanton was "impressed by her 
colors" and did some research on 
the Internet. She discovered that 
Dumplin' is a Rhode Island Red and 
Rhode Island White poultry breed. 
Along with the food from Stanton, 

Dumplin' can be seen foraging for 
food around campus. 

"She doesn't need me all the 
time," Stanton said. "I just give her 
better food than what she can find 
around here." 

Stanton has more than just 
Dumplin' to feed. She began feed- 
ing a squirrel, Squirrely Girl, the 
same food she gave the chicken. 
Stanton noticed a change in Dump- 
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her chase away the squirrel during 
one of her feedings. 

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Stanton plans to continue 
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has concerns for the animal's safety 
on campus and gets worried when 
students mess with them. Stanton 
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Leigh Gentry 

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Saturday was a long day for 
many entering freshmen, their par- 
ents and even some returning De- 

Saturday was move- in day, 
and hundreds of students moved 
into University Columns and both 
phases of University Place. 

University Place Phase II Resi- 
dential Director Christian LeBlanc 
said the day went according to his 

LeBlanc's day of checking in 
students and smoothing out bumps 
began at 7 a.m. and lasted most of 
the day. 

The day was not without its 
kinks. There were a few complaints 
about the Internet and cable not 
working at University Place II, LeB- 
lanc said, but the staff sent some- 
one to clear up the problem. 

Some of move-in day's bumps 
were not so small, ranging from 
room changes to keys not working, 
but LeBlanc said the residential 
staff was able to handle the curve 
balls as they spent time preparing 
for Saturday. 

One such curve ball was a 
room mix-up. Tiffany Faz and Hal- 
ey Bonner, two incoming freshmen 
from Eustace, Texas, requested to 

be roommates at UP II months be- 
fore move- in day, and they had re- 
ceived paperwork that listed them 
as roommates. 

However, when the girls ar- 
rived on campus Saturday, the 
paperwork showed that they had 
been split up into different rooms 
with other roommates. 

Faz and Bonner, friends from 
high school, went to the residential 
director to straighten out the room 
situation, but they remained pa- 
tient and lighthearted about it. 

"We have to be together be- 
cause that's how we shopped," Faz 

Although it was "a lot of walk- 
ing" and "a lot of back-and-forth" 
to get to the correct paperwork, 
Faz said that the staff was helpful 
in getting everything back in order. 
She also said her parents remained 
patient throughout the day. 

"They told me to do the run- 
ning," Faz said about her parents. 

LeBlanc said he was happy 
with the way move-in day ran at UP 
II, and he wasn't the only one. 

Freshman Patrick Bennett said 
he was able to go straight to his 
room with no problems. 

Although Bennett had his 
family to help him move in, others 
could take advantage of the Demon 
football players - decked out in 

their jerseys - who helped with the 
heavy lifting. Even President Ran- 
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Ambassadors for the univer- 
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their part in helping students move 
into the University Columns apart- 
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Taylor said the residential as- 
sistants stayed up until midnight 
every night for two weeks prior to 
move-in day in order to be pre- 
pared to handle the influx of 512 

They put together move-in 
packets for the incoming residents, 
sorted through keys, completed 
reports about each apartment and 
even helped with maintenance, 
Taylor said. 

Taylor's team consisted of him- 
self and five residential assistants, 
and his team of six was responsible 
for being ready for move-in day. 

"We can handle it," Taylor said 
about the work on Saturday. 

He explained that three of his 
residential assistants were return- 
ing and had experience and that his 
team also included Chris Thomas, 
the Louisiana residential assistant 
of the year. 

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Kelli Fontenot 
Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

August 27, 2008 

Teachers seek cultural exchange 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

Over the summer while most 
students relaxed during their sum- 
mer vacations, South Korean teach- 
ers traveled to NSU to go back to 
the classroom. 

Thirty K-12 South Korean Eng- 
lish teachers were on the Natchi- 
toches campus July 17-Aug. 7 to 
learn classroom techniques and 
practice the English language as 
part of the cultural exchange pro- 
gram developed by Kion Kim, as- 
sistant professor of education tech- 

Kim has been working to or- 
ganize a group of South Korean 
teachers to take classes on English 
and teaching techniques. 

Their morning class, lasting 
from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., was on the 
writing, comprehension and con- 
versational aspects of the English 
language and their afternoon class, 
from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., focused on 
teaching skills. 

Kim had to find afternoon ac- 
tivities for the group to do since 
"there's not much to do" in Natchi- 

The group played a different 
sport every day for two hours be- 
fore supper ranging from golfing to 

"Things are so busy in Korea. 
We don't have enough time to ex- 
ercise every day," Soojin Cho, who 
has taught English in Korea for six 
years, said. 

After they ate supper at Iber- 
ville Hall, the group usually went 

to the Wellness, Recreation and 
Activities Center to participate in 
physical activities like running or 

Cho said activities like golfing 
or gaining access to a swimming 
pool can be pretty expensive in 
South Korea. 

She liked how the WRAC of- 
fered them more opportunities to 
enjoy activities like pingpong or 
racquetball whenever they wanted. 

The 30 South Korean teachers 
stayed in University Place I during 
two weeks of their stay. 

They also boarded in the 
homes of some faculty members 
and volunteers from the First Bap- 
tist Church for five days. 

President Randall J. Webb, 
NSU staff and members of the First • 
Baptist Church helped the group, 
Cho said. 

The biggest transition the 
group had to take part in was ad- 
justing to the new cuisine. Jeongsik 
Kim, who has been teaching Eng- 
lish for five years, said it was chal- 
lenging but a good experience. 

"We had hard time to adapt," 
he said. "Not many Korean choices, 
but we enjoyed all kinds of food." 

The Iberville chef even sur- 
prised the group with some Korean 

"The chef made Korean style 
food three times for us... I'm so 
thankful to her," Cho said. 

The group also took day trips 
to local attractions like the Old 
Courthouse Museum, the alligator 
park and a few plantations. 

They also went to a few local 

Photo submitted by Kion Kim 

Kion Kim and Vickie Gentry of the College of Education meet with 30 English teachers from South Korea in the alumni plaza. 

schools to view the teaching envi- 
ronment and took trips to grocery 
stores to practice their English and 
buy supplies. 

Some foreigners look forward 
to visiting the bigger cities of the 
U.S., but Kim said after being here a 
while, Natchitoches started to grow 
on them. 

"They love this place," Kim said. 
"They have been telling me that this 
is very peaceful and a lovely place." 

Since this was the first time for 
a Korean group to come to NSU, 
it was a big stepping-stone for the 
cultural exchange program. 

It is expected for NSU to con- 
tinue sending students to South 

Korea during the fall and spring 
semesters while the South Korean 
teachers continue coming to NSU 
over the summer. 

"From the successful program, 
I feel the relationship between NSU 
and the Chungnam Office of Edu- 
cation has gotten closer," Kim said. 
"I wish this program goes on suc- 


Education and English ma- 
jors, upper-class undergraduates 
and graduate students can apply to 
teach in South Korea. 

This semester's application 
deadline is Sept. 1. The trip would 
be from mid-October to mid-De- 
cember, Kim said. 

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Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 
August 27, 2008 


Half the battle 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

Hello, boys 
and girls. Can 
you feel it? The 
warm sunshine 
on your face as 
you walk to class? 
The cool air con- 
ditioning of the 

buildings you go to class in? The 
drool you're desperate to wipe off 
your face before the teacher notices 
you've been sleeping? 

Oh, how I love the fall. 

I'm Joe Cunningham, your new 
opinionated tour guide for this se- 
mester, and 1 am here to lead you 
through the fun times ahead. 

I figure that the best way to 

understand an opinion is to un- 
derstand the opinion's author, so 
I'm going to introduce myself and 
hopefully not bore you so much 
you refuse to look at this page for 
the remainder of the semester. 

I am a native of Natchitoches, a 
junior at this fine institution and a 
cynical, liberal Democrat. 

Hip hip hooray. 

We have a great fall ahead of 
us, boys and girls, especially for an 
Opinions page. I mean, we all know 
the presidential race will be a gold- 
mine, but there are plenty of local 
issues waiting to be discovered and 
discussed by me, the columnists 
here at The Current Sauce, and, of 
course, you, my dearest readers. 

I'm not joking. I really want to 
see more input from you. Send an 

e-mail, letter, ransom note or leave 
a comment at our Web site. Give 
us your complaints, grievances and 

Like I've said twice already, this 
will be a great fall, and I will try to 
leave no stone unturned, but I will 
always need help in identifying the 
issues you want to see discussed. 

And that's where you come in. 

So, put on a pot of coffee, sit 
back and enjoy the fall, my friends. 
It should prove entertaining. 

As a final thought: For those of 
you who don't recognize the refer- 
ence in the name of this column, 
or if it seems familiar, but you can't 
place it, it comes from the old G.I. 
Joe cartoon's popular line "And now 
you know ... and knowing is half the 

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Freshman gives 
insight to new 
chapter of life 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

Exciting. New. 
These are words 
that successfully 
describe the 
transition from 
high school to 

It's fun to be hit with the real- 
ization that you will be venturing 
out into a world riddled with new 
people and new things as well as 
new stresses and anxieties. 

As a freshman, it's hard at 
times trying to figure out how you 
will ever manage school, work and a 
social life. At one point do we step 
back, take a breath and realize that 
through it all everything will work 
out and college just might prove to 
be a successful investment in our 

A way to deal with the transi- 
tion from high school to college, 
I've found, is to confront things 
head on. Recognize that though 
college life has a lot to offer, it isn't 
all fun and games. Education is pre- 

Class doesn't have to be this 
ho-hum requirement. It can actual- 
ly be a rewarding experience seeing 
as these classes provide knowledge 
in the fields you and I will one day 
be working in. 

Yes, setting aside time for 
studying and sticking to that sched- 
ule will take some getting used to, 
but any situation can be turned into 
a good one by making it your own. 

Stepping into the shoes of a 
college freshman entails getting ac- 
quainted with the campus, faculty, 
staff and other students. 

Establishing relationships with 
those around you makes your col- 
lege experience more worthwhile. 
Meeting other freshmen in the 
same boat as yourself takes the 
edge off of feeling anxious. 

Now that you've had a chance 
to go to your classes, meet your in- 
structors and new people, it's time 
to outline your study plan and find 
out what's going on around campus 
so that you can enjoy your stress- 
free college life. 

The views expressed on this page do not 
necessarily reflect those of The Current 
Sauce or its affiliates. The Current Sauce 
is constantly seeking articulate, informed 
writers to contribute their Opinions on 
various topics. We will edit all columns 
for grammar, spelling and AP style, but 
we will never edit your ideas. Guest col- 
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to the editor are welcome from anyone. 
Information about our letters policy can 
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Heil McCain 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

There are 
times that you see 
or hear something 
that will cause you 
to start twitching, 
and you will bleed 
from your eyes and 
ears. For me, it was 
this past Monday morning. 

As I was flipping through chan- 
nels on my TV, I, for reasons that 
escape me, stopped on Fox News. 
Some of the anchors were discuss- 
ing Madonna, which should have 
been a warning sign. 

At the beginning of Madonna's 
"Sticky and Sweet" tour (I know, I 
shot a double-take, too), in Cardiff, 
Wales, a series of images was dis- 
played during an interlude in the 
four-act concert. 

The images depicted scenes of 
destruction and global warming, 
as well as the face of Adolf Hitler, 
followed by John McCain, a not-so- 
subde jab at the Republican presi- 
dential nominee. 

You read that right. She com- 
pared McCain to Hitler. 

The moment I heard "Madon- 
na compared Senator John McCain 
to Adolf Hider," I turned off the TV, 
curled into a fetal position on my 

couch, and cried myself to sleep. 

How? Why? What on earth did 
John McCain do to be compared to 

Did he murder millions of 
Vietnamese while I wasn't looking? 

It's a horrible comparison to 
make, really. Sure, McCain's a Re- 
publican, but even I will admit that 
Republicans aren't on par with pro- 
pagandist dictators with a penchant 
for mass murder and biological en- 

But, I could be wrong. 

This presidential race has 
brought out the worst in some 
of us, intellectually. Some of the 
things people say make me so up- 
set I stick my fingers in my ears and 
yell "Blah, blah, I can't hear you" at 
my TV. 

Charlie Black, a former senior 
campaign manager for McCain, 
stated that a terrorist attack would 
be good for McCain, calling it a 
"big advantage." 

Bill Clinton told one of his su- 
pervisors that in return for support, 
Barack Obama could "kiss my ass," 
according to a report by The Tele- 
graph, an online newspaper based 
in the UK. 

And now, Madonna adds her- 
self to the list of people that will 
probably cause me to expire at an 
early age due to an aneurysm. 

BS'ing with the Bull: 

Why the Olympics are great 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

the Olym- 
pics are 
not to re- 
turn until 
2012, 1 feel 
there will 
be a bit of 
a void in 

my life for at least the next few days. 
I vividly remember watching Jason 
Lezak out- touch Alain Bearden to 
win the 4x100 freestyle relay last 

It was crazy. My dad and I 
watched at 1:30 in the morning, 
yelling at the top of our lungs when 
Lezak and the USA team won the 

I remember diligently watch- 
ing Misty May-Treanor and Kerri 
Walsh play every game and every 
set. I only missed the gold medal 

match because I moved into a 
house and the cable had not been 

No, I didn't watch because they 
were in bikinis. I watched because I 
genuinely cared. 

I know why I miss all that al- 
ready. Simply put - it's the Olym- 

The Olympics are the only 
event where you can finish dead 
last and be remembered for years 
to come. 

For example, the 1988 Jamai- 
can Bobsled team. They came in 
last place because their sled came 
apart and toppled over. They car- 
ried it over the finish line. That 
became such a famous moment in 
sports history they made a movie 
about it. 

The Olympics are a place where 
winning is not necessarily the most 
important thing, just being there 

There is only one place that 

you can get so much enjoyment 
and pride not only for yourself but 
for your country, and that's at the 

The Olympics are so big that 
there is an unwritten rule about 
wars that happen during the Olym- 
pics. It's known as the Olympic 
cease-fire. The war stops for two 
weeks while the games proceed. 

In the 1930s, Jesse Owens - a 
black man - demeaned Adolf Hit- 
ler so much that he sent his second 
in command to give out the medal, 
not by a huge act of bravery, nor a 
defeat in battle, but just by outrun- 
ning and outjumping everyone. 

The thing I'm going to miss 
most about the Olympics is not the 
ceremonies, nor the games them- 

I will miss most what the 
games stand for: pride, unity, and 
the overall betterment of mankind 
- the things everyone seems to care 
about only every four years. 

Bourque: All hands on deck 

Cody Bourque 

SGA President 

I just got back 
into my office af- 
ter the Freshman 
Convocation ac- 
tivities (which 
was great to see 
so many incom- 
ing freshman classmates partici- 
pate in), and I took a step back. 

My desk is cluttered with 
things that need to be worked on, 
and I have been running around 
attending so many meetings in the 
past couple of months that I feel 
like an airport rental car stopping 
only in between tasks and to gas up 
(in my case gas is the Mad Scientist 
from Mighty Max). In taking that 
step back though, I always remem- 
ber that through all the work, that 
I, along with my other fellow rep- 
resentatives (especially Vice Presi- 
dent Mark Daniels, who has busted 

his butt taking care of the organiza- 
tion and filling in for me while I was 
taking part in Gear Up Florida), are 
rewarded for our work with more 
than just scholarships. 

For those that do not know, I 
was not elected. 

I was extremely disappointed 
that I assumed the position through 
acclimation and not by a vote by the 
student body, but that does not ne- 
gate the fact that I am still respon- 
sible for the welfare of all students, 
which is not something that I take 

The slogan, so to speak, this 
year is "It's all about you." Not very 
creative, but it gets to the point of 
why we all are serving in our re- 
spective positions in Student Gov- 
ernment, which is to convey the 
issues facing the students to Uni- 
versity administration and other 
officials so student life will be bet- 
ter off tomorrow than it is today. 

Responsibilities aside, the main 

thing that I would like to ask of you 
is to take a sense of ownership in 
our University. Take the time to 
learn our traditions and participate 
in student activities. You already 
pay fees, so you might as well get 
your money's worth and enjoy your 
time here. 

With this ownership, make 
sure to voice your opinion. Do it in 
this paper or at an SGA meeting, it 
does not matter how you do it, just 
do it because without your opinion 
it is impossible to properly guide 
our student body. 

I look forward to talking to you 
more about the issues facing us in 
the coming weeks, but I wish you 
the best of luck this semester with 
all that you do. If you are interested 
in getting involved with Student 
Government or just need some di- 
rections to your next class, come by 
room 222 in the Union and we will 
help you out. 

Fork 'em. 

Student turns table with grading system 

Richelle Stephens 

Guest Columnist 

It is indeed 
a most joyous 
time on NSU's 
campus as the 
school year be- 
gins anew. The 
sharp aroma of 
fresh and bright 

purple paint coats the walls and the 
already excited air that has filled my 
lungs such that, upon first glance, I 
suspected it an air of change. 

My suspicions were confirmed, 
but for the better. And it's certainly 
not just the starch of the freshmen's 
laundry and bed sheets, either. 

Stepping into any of the (now) 
three bookstores is perhaps the 
most famous indication of what I'd 
like to refer to as the much-needed 
rejuvenation of the parched univer- 

To see much beloved literary 
classics in a store that would not 
have carried them two months 
ago is certainly a marked improve- 

And, of course, I am delighted 
to see that the new faces (those of 
not only the Demon Bookstore 
but also of the new ownership in 
the existing store) in the NSU text- 
book scene have helped to invoke 
such strong feelings of relief from 
someone who had thought just last 

semester that all hope seemed lost 
for this institution in that respect. 

I am steadfast in my belief 
that I'm not the only student (and 
perhaps even professor, depend- 
ing upon whom you ask) who feels 

It seems as if the idea of "shak- 
ing it up," if you will, isn't just con- 
fined to the bookstores but also to 
the athletic department. 

The new video scoreboard in 
Turpin Stadium, along with reno- 
vations of existing athletic facili- 
ties, is adding to the already homey 
feel that I've come to expect from 
that part of campus. 

If you haven't been to a Demon 
athletic event, shame on you, for 

now is the best time to take part in 
an exciting and truly unique part of 
your NSU experience. 

I don't wish to sour this oth- 
erwise jubilant exaltation of my 
feelings regarding the whirlwind of 
changes I've noticed thus far, but 
for every good there is also a bad, I 

Am I the only one who no- 
ticed the severe shortage of parking 
spots in the large lot on the first day 
of classes? 

I have yet, in my time at this 
university, to see it so full. Or may- 
be I've been removed from this 
school for far too long this time... 

Since I always enjoy the feel- 
ing of the "Back to School" season, 

both in shopping and in anticipa- 
tion of finally getting back into a 
welcoming desk seat and eager to 
learn (seriously), I feel as if I must 
offer my own trite yet fitting report 
card for NSU thus far (as of the first 
day of classes when this column 
was originally written): 

In terms of exciting my expec- 
tations of the university which I 
proudly call my own, through the 
overall feel I got when I came back 
for the first time this school year, I 
give an A. 

In terms of the new faces in the 
local textbook markets and the im- 
provements underway for the ath- 
letic facilities, I give both an A. 

However, I must give the park- 

ing situation an F, although that 
can't be helped much given space 
restrictions, so perhaps it's not fair 
for me to give such a grade. 

Regardless of the parking situ- 
ation, NSU has certainly exceeded 
my usual expectations this time. 
For those who tread it for the first 
time this semester, take pride in the 
direction it's seemingly headed. 

Although I've been a true and 
proud Demon since the begin- 
ning, I can now wear my pride with 
greater fervor, for I believe that it 
has found its winning formula and 
could very well do exciting things 
in the very near future. Time will 
tell, of course, but for now consider 
me optimistic. 



Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
Agust 27, 2008 

Gold Rush 

U.S. swimmer makes history 

Photo by Andy Bullard The Current Sauce 

NSU began the rejuvenation process by installing new scoreboards atTurpin Stadium and the Demon Soccer Complex. The pro- 
cess continues with scoreboards at Prather Coliseum, the Demon Diamond, Brown-Stroud Field and the Ledet Track Complex. 

Looking good for 125 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

NSU may be approaching its 
125th birthday, but you would 
never know it. 

The university is making 
things more visually pleasing to 
the fans by updating the score- 
boards at all sporting venues ex- 
cept tennis. 

The Board of Supervisors for 
the University of Louisiana sys- 
tem approved the project during 
its April meeting. The project 
will cost approximately two mil- 
lion dollars and renovations are 
scheduled to be finished with the 
installation of the baseball, soft- 
ball, and track and field score- 
boards in late November. 

"This was a huge project and 
just like in big projects there is a 
lot of red tape that you have to go 
through, but the scoreboards will 
definitely make things look nicer 
and should definitely help with re- 
cruiting and most important it will 
enhance the game-day experiences 
for the fans," Marketing Director 
Ryan Holloway said. 

The scoreboards are already 
up and functioning at the Demon 
Soccer Complex and at Turpin Sta- 
dium. The Prather Coliseum score- 
board and scorer's table are in the 
process of being designed and will 
be installed before the basketball 
and volleyball seasons begin. The 
Prather Coliseum installations will 
feature LED message centers at the 
north and south ends of the arena, 

as well as digital panels on the scor- 
er's table for basketball and volley- 

The baseball and softball 
scoreboards will provide extended 
statistics not currently offered on 
the old scoreboards, and the track 
scoreboards at the Ledet Complex 
will give precision results for all 
eight lanes. 

"This is a huge boost for NSU 
and our football program," Demon 
head football coach Scott Stoker 
told Sports Information. "It shows 
the level of commitment that our 
administration and our supporters 
have, and it's going to make run- 
ning through that purple smoke to 
play for the Demons in Turpin Sta- 
dium an even greater experience 
for years to come. There are a lot of 

people who played key roles, and 
we especially want to thank Mr. 
Burke for steering this project 
over the goal line." 

The Jack Fisher Tennis Com- 
plex will be the only spot on cam- 
pus without an electronic score- 

The small size of the complex 
does not require the advanced 

"It is exciting to know that 
the student-athlete recruiting 
process, game day fan experience, 
and everyday facility aesthetics 
for our entire athletic program 
just took a huge step forward as 
a result of this project being ap- 
proved at the state level," Athletic 
Director Greg Burke told Sports 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

August 8, 2008. The eighth 
day of the eighth month of the 
eighth year of this millennium: the 
day these unforgettable Olympics 
started. In China, the number eight 
is considered to be auspicious and 

Is it ironic or lucky that the 
most compelling story of these 
games was American swimmer 
Michael Phelps winning not six, 
not seven, but, of course, eight gold 

However it may be perceived, 
one thing is undeniable: history was 
made in Beijing. Michael Phelps ac- 
complished something no athlete 
in history has ever accomplished. 
Phelps broke Mark Spitz's 36-year- 
old record of seven gold medals. 

His eight golds came in every 
way thinkable: relays, medleys, in- 
dividual events, races he won by 
a fingertip and races where it ap- 
peared Phelps had gills and fins. 

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt 
literally ran away with three gold 
medals of his own. He recorded a 
ridiculous 9.69 in the 100-meter 
dash, breaking his own world re- 

Bolt's 6-foot-5-inch frame 
gives him the ability to take larger 
strides than other sprinters. Bolt 
needs only 41 strides to finish 100- 
meters, while shorter sprinters 
need closer to 50. 

In his first Olympic appear- 
ance, Bolt recorded a 19.30 mark in 
the 200-meter dash, another world 

Bolt's third gold was the 4x100 
relay. He finished first in every 
event except the men's 200-meter 
dash, 5th heat, where he finished a 
dismal second. 

The 2008 Olympics are certain- 
ly one for the ages. Todd Bachman 
was stabbed to death by a Chinese 
man, and his wife, Barbara, was se- 
riously injured while attending the 
games in Beijing. 

Bachman's daughter Elisabeth, 
a former Olympic volleyball player, 

accompanied them to the games. 
She is married to the U.S. men's 
Olympic volleyball coach, Hugh 

The men's team dedicated its 
performance to the Bachman's 
honor. The United States won the 

U.S. athletes responded well to 
these horrifying events. 

The women's basket- 
ball team brought home the 
gold, dominating Australia in 
the gold medal game 92-65. 

Everyone remembers the dis- 
appointing bronze medal in Athens 
for the men's team. Coming into 
the 2008 games as an underdog, 
the Coach K.-led team dominated 
every team it faced, earning the 
nickname "Redeem Team." 

The men's team, like the wom- 
en's team, entered the final game 
undefeated. Spain awaited the Re- 
deem Team. 

The Spanish team certainly 
proved to be the Redeem Team's 
toughest competition. Close to 
4 a.m. Central Time, the United 
States reigned supreme once again 
as best in the world, defeating Spain 

The U.S. softball team had a 
very similar Olympics, dominating 
every opponent. 

The United States' dominance 
of baseball and softball were so 
great, the International Olympic 
Committee voted to remove both 

This was before the United 
States faced Japan in the last Olym- 
pic softball game. Final score: Japan 
3-United States 1; the first time in 
Olympic history the United States 
did not win the gold medal in soft- 

After two grueling weeks for 
these competitors, the United 
States won the most medals, to- 
taling 110, ten more than second 
place China. 

The host country, however, 
won more golds than any other 
nation with 51. The United States 
finished second in that category by 
winning 36. 

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Demon soccer team defeats Tulsa in 2-0 victory 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

NSU true freshman Kayla King 
is already making an impact on the 
soccer field for the Demons. 

King scored two goals, both in 
the second half, in the Demons' 2- 
shutout win versus Conference 
USA member Tulsa. 

King's first goal, a header off 
a cross pass from Rachel O'Steen, 
came in the 58th minute. 

Only 28 minutes after King 
gave NSU the lead, the true fresh- 
man netted her second goal of the 
game on a breakaway. The 86th 
minute goal gave NSU a 2-0 cush- 

"We were frustrated at the half," 
NSU head coach Jimmy Mitch- 
ell told Sports Information after a 
scoreless first half. "We had very 
little energy in the first half and 
we challenged them at halftime to 
come out better in the second pe- 

The Demons responded well to 
the coach's orders, avoiding serious 
threats throughout the game. 

NSU's defense kept them in 
the game, being outshot 17-6 and 
9-4 in shots on goal. 

"We really dodged a lot of bul- 
lets from them today," Mitchell told 
Sports Information. "We made 
some really good plays in the net." 

Heather Burt stretched out 
across the net line deflecting a shot 
that would have been a goal for the 
Golden Hurricanes. 

Starting goalie, Amanda Vines, 
was distracted from the net by oth- 
er activity. 

Vines was not the expected 
starter for the season opener, but 
she handled the responsibility by 
recording her first career shutout. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon 

Kayla King (11) battles two Tulsa defenders in the Demons' 2-0 
win Saturday. King secured the win with her second goal four 
minutes before the clock ran out. 

Vines had nine saves in the De- 
mons' 2-0 win. 

Named starter Lindy Strahan 
sat out during the game. According 
to, she sat out due 
to disciplinary reasons. 

Despite a slow first half and 
lackluster offense, Coach Mitchell 

was pleased with Vines' impromptu 

"I thought we were pretty solid 
in the back and in the net," Mitchell 
told Sports Information. 

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David Royal 

News Editor 

In response to the threat of 
Hurricane Gustav, NSU officials 
prepared for the worst and worked 
closely with the Red Cross to pro- 
vide accommodations for those 
who evacuated their homes. 

The Health and Human Perfor- 
mance building became a shelter 
for more than 650 evacuees from 
across the state, and Sabine Hall 
housed about 200 students from 
McNeese State University and the 
University of New Orleans. 

Robert Crew, Executive As- 
sistant to the President, said that 
in the short period of time that it 
had been opened, the shelter in the 
Health and Human Performance 
building reached its maximum ca- 
pacity of 650 people several times. 

The Red Cross has used the 
Health and Human Performance 
building as a shelter before, includ- 
ing for Hurricanes Katrina and 

After Katrina and Rita hit, 
evacuees were housed in the Health 
and Human Performance building 
for more than a month. With Hur- 
ricane Gustav, however, the shelter 
was closed and returned to holding 
classes after about a week. 

Following Gov. Bobby Jindal's 
lead, President Randall J. Webb 
made the decision Saturday before 
the storm hit to cancel classes for 
the Tuesday and Wednesday fol- 
lowing the Labor Day break. 

Webb said he thought the 
cancellation was necessary so that 
NSU's groundskeepers could clean 
up the campus and that faculty and 
students could tend to their per- 
sonal needs. 

"We didn't want our faculty 
and students to attend class while 
still worried about the condition of 
their family or home," Webb said. 

Overall, Webb said that he was 
pleased with the communication 
process that took place between 
NSU officials and the students. 

. NSU posted updates on the 
schedule for classes on the uni- 
versity's home page and on Black- 
board, and an announcement was 
made over the audio system at the 
NSU football game. 

NSU officials did, however, 
deem it unnecessary to inform 
students of the university's plans 
through Purple Alert - NSU's 
warning system provided via text 

"We made the decision early 
on to only use Purple Alert in emer- 
gencies," Webb said. 

Crew explained that although 
he agreed a hurricane is a threat 
that students should be warned 
of, the Purple Alert system should 
only be used in a "crisis situation," 
such as an unexpected tornado. 

In his interview, Webb com- 
mended many aspects of both NSU 
and the community for their re- 
sponse to Hurricane Gustav. 

Webb said that he was proud 
of Sodexo's ability to provide meals 
for the many evacuees and the NSU 
police's ability to maintain order 
and security in a strained situation. 

He explained, however, that he 
was surprised most by the willing- 
ness to help of members of the local 
churches, who gave a tremendous 
amount of time to assisting the Red 
Cross and Sodexo workers. 

Because NSU did not sustain 
any significant damages from the 
hurricane, Webb even sent a team 
of seven from the Physical Plant to 
Nicholls State University to provide 

Led by Director of the Physi- 
cal Plant Chuck Bourg, the team 
will be assisting Nicholls State by 
inspecting roofs and cleaning up its 

Now that all of the evacuees 
and UNO and McNeese students 
have left the campus, Crew said 
that NSU is returning to normal. 
With Hurricane Ike approaching, 
however, there is a possibility that 
NSU could serve as a safe haven 
once again. 


Photos by Scott Brown/The Current Sauce 

Top: A clean-up crew picks up damage caused by Hurricane Gustav around campus Monday. 
Bottom: Water in the fountain in the Alumni Plaza near A.A. Fredericks flows sideways due to 
hurricane-force winds as Gustav reached Natchitoches. 

Continued construction brings traffic to standstill 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Students who live off campus 
may have noticed an increase in 
heavy traffic this week. The lag, in 
part, is due to the blocked inter- 
section of Front Street and Church 
Street, currendy under construc- 
tion as part of the Front Street brick 
project. Project manager John Bell 
plans to have the intersection fin- 
ished by Friday. 

It took five months to complete 
the first two phases of construction, 
and with just two months before 
the first event of the Natchitoches 
Christmas Festival, Bell and his 
company, Progressive Construc- 
tion, are racing against the clock to 
finish laying down the bricks. 

The crew typically works from 
6 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week. As 
of Friday, the crew started working 
in shifts to cover full 24-hour days, 
which will continue until the bricks 
can be returned to the Church 
Street intersection. Bell's goal for 
the intersection completion is less 
than a week away - Sept. 12. The 
anticipated deadline marks the be- 
ginning of the annual Natchitoches 
Meat Pie Festival. 

Front Street, an integral part 
of the Natchitoches downtown 
area, was originally constructed in 
1904. The street borders several 
storefronts, including the historic 
Kaffie-Frederick General Store and 
several restaurants. 

Views from Front Street ap- 
pear in the film "Steel Magnolias" 
and, for the last several years, the 
red brick road has been the loca- 
tion of "Boogie on the Bricks," a 
series of concerts organized by the 
Natchitoches Main Street Program 
to celebrate each NSU home foot- 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

A Progressive Construction backhoe blocks Front Street. The backhoe sits unmanned one after- 
noon last week - before the construction crew implemented shiftwork, working 24 hours a day. 

ball game. 

Most significantly, Front Street 
is traditionally the site of a ma- 
jor tourist attraction, the annual 
Natchitoches Christmas Festival. 
One glance at the construction 
proves that having a parade on 
the street in its current condition 
would be problematic. Bricks and 
concrete have been ripped up from 
the existing foundation and tall yel- 
low backhoes occupy the width of 
the street. 

At the construction site, work- 
ers in orange safety vests call out 
to each other over the whirring 
engines and beeping trucks back- 
ing up. First, Bell's crew removes 
the bricks and transports them to 

a cleaning area. The workers install 
new drain lines, which will run un- 
derground to a 54-inch drain that 
empties into the riverbank. After 
the installation is complete, the 
crew will layer limestone, concrete 
and sand before returning the 104- 
year-old bricks to the road. The La- 
fayette Circle and all of the cross- 
walks on Front Street will be the 
only areas with new bricks. 

Some NSU students are dis- 
pleased with the project. 

Ashley Schoppe, a senior lib- 
eral arts major at the Louisiana 
Scholars' College, lives on Second 
Street and said the noise during 
the day has increased exponentially 
since work on the intersection be- 


Schoppe, who has worked 
at Merci Beaucoup for two and a 
half years, said the traffic is a hin- 

"I needed to go to Wal-Mart to 
get some food, and it usually takes 
me five minutes to get there, and it 
took me 35 minutes to get there," 
Schoppe said. 

Schoppe said she hopes the 
construction crew achieves its 
goals soon. 

Time is essential to this proj- 
ect, and so far, not everything has 
gone according to plan, Bell said. In 
addition to wrecking a tew homes 
and flooding many streets, Hur- 
ricane Gustav delayed Bell and his 

crew by a full 48 hours. While Bell 
said the storm certainly didn't hit 
Natchitoches as hard as other ar- 
eas in the state, the power outages 
in Natchitoches caused plenty of 
trouble. Without power, the sup- 
pliers shut down and could not 
provide the crew with the elements 
they needed to work. Half of the 
crew members still did not have 
power at their houses on Friday, 
Bell said. 

Last semester, construction 
workers uncovered the foundations 
of four commercial buildings. Thur- 
ston Hahn III, the archaeologist for 
the project, shows up at the site ev- 
ery morning awaiting new discov- 
eries. Watching the construction 
from the sidewalk, Hahn hopes for 
workers to point out things that are 
out of the ordinary. 

"Most people envision archae- 
ologists using a little paintbrush. I 
use backhoes and tractors and bull- 
dozers," Hahn said. 
Most of Hahn's work involves ur- 
ban settings, but he has never ex- 
ecuted a project quite like this one 
before. Aside from the building 
foundations, the crew has uncov- 
ered ceramics and glass beads that 
may have been crafted by Native 
Americans as early as 1830. In 
the 19th century, townspeople dis- 
posed of these unwanted items in 
the street, leaving behind objects 
that provide insight into the city's 

At the construction site, one 
of the workers brings over a rusty 
bottle cap and hands it to Hahn. 
Tin just giving him a hard time," he 

Hahn laughs, but takes his 
work seriously. He has been work- 
ing on this project for years. Hahn 

See "Construction" on p. 2 




David Royal 
News Editor 
September 10, 2008 

SGA sets tone with 1 6 passed bills 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation met in the ballroom lo- 
cated in the Friedman Student 
Union on Monday to address nu- 
merous issues and bills concerning 
the government's plans for this up- 
coming academic year and changes 
to the constitution. 

An uncommonly high number 
of bills - 17 - were presented to the 
Senate. With two-thirds of the vote 
required, the Senate passed all but 
one of the proposed bills 

Much of the new business con- 
sisted of proposed amendments 
to the SGAs constitution, which 
Speaker of the Senate Tim Gattie 
said was needed to help clarify cer- 
tain aspects of the constitution. 

"There have been a lot of 
problems with vagueness in our 
constitution in the past, but hope- 
fully these changes will help fix the 
problems," Gattie said. 

Some of these ambiguous as- 
pects included the representation 
of graduate students, written bal- 
lots, and disciplinary action for 
malfeasance among SGA mem- 

Additionally, the Senate unani- 
mously passed Bill FA08-012, 
which could potentially give future 
SGA presidents the opportunity to 
serve two consecutive terms. 

Bill FA08-012 - along with 
each of the other proposed consti 
tutional amendments - will now be 
voted on by NSU students during 
SGA elections. 

President Cody Bourque ex- 
plained that because in the past 
some SGA presidents would "bul- 
ly" and "intimidate" other students 
to discourage them from running 
against them, the SGA decided 
to amend the constitution and do 
away with consecutive terms. 

As a result, the current policy 
allows presidents to serve more 
than one term - consisting of an 
academic year - but the terms 
cannot be consecutive. 1he last 
time an SGA president served two 
consecutive terms was in the '90s, 
Bourque said. 

Bourque said, however, that it 
was time to readdress the issue. 

"It's not a political thing. I be- 
lieve the students should be able to 
decide what they want," Bourque 
said in an interview. 

If passed by the students, the 
amendment will not be applied to 
SGA presidents until 2009, which 
means Bourque, the current presi- 
dent, still will not be able to serve 
next year. 

During the SGA meeting, how- 
ever, Bourque added that he would 
not have put his support behind the 
bill if it would take effect immedi- 

The one bill that was not 
passed by the Senate concerned the 
changing of the order of succession 
within the executive board. The bill 
proposed to name the treasurer 
next in line in order of succession 
after the president and vice presi- 
dent. Currently, the speaker of the 
Senate is in line behind the presi- 
dent and vice president. 

The Senate and executive 
board spent a considerable amount 
of time discussing different opin- 
ions concerning the bill. 

Vice President Mark Daniels 
put his support behind the bill, ar- 
guing that in a case in which the 
president and vice president are 
unable to lead, the speaker of the 
Senate would not have the execu- 
tive knowledge or experience need- 
ed, in comparison to the treasurer. 

Speaker of the Senate Tim 
Gattie, however, argued that in the 
actual U.S. executive branch, the 
Speaker of the House would fall in 
line behind the president and vice 

After several minutes of dis- 
cussion and debate, which also 
included NSU students in atten- 
dance, senators called a motion to 
previous question, or a motion to 
immediately end discussion and 

One SGA senator, who wished 
to remain unnamed, explained that 
this action was done because he 
and other senators felt that Gat- 
tie was out of line and abusing his 
powers as speaker of the Senate by 
dominating the debate. 

"Gattie overstepped his bound- 
aries," the senator said. 

After the succession bill failed 
to pass, the Senate approved Trea- 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

Treasurer Lauren Michel provides a student with information about SGA at the "Meet Your Rep." mixer, which took place Aug. 26. 

surer Lauren Michel's proposed 
SGA budget for the academic year. 

Michel said this is the first of- 
ficial budget to be approved by the 

Michel explained that the SGA 
receives its funding from student 
fees, which will not be given to the 
SGA until later in the year. As a re- 
sult, SGA does not yet know exactly 
how much money will be given for 
its budget. Michel said that based 
off previous years, she expects the 
final budget to be between $12,000 
and $15,000. 

To avoid overspending, Michel 

said that the budget is currently 
based only on $10,000 and will al- 
lot funds to many aspects of SGA 
including its committees, manage- 
ment of its Web site and supplies. 

Michel added that about $2,000 
rolled over from the SGAs summer 
funds and will be used as an emer- 
gency reserve. 

In an interview, President Cody 
Bourque expressed his excitement 
over the numerous bills and his an- 
ticipation for the upcoming year. 

Bourque admitted that he per- 
sonally was "in limbo" over SGA's 
plan of action last spring but said 

that after an "extremely productive" 
summer, the SGA is ready to make 
a significant difference at NSU. 

Although Hurricane Gustav 
deterred some plans, the SGA has 
already made strides to impact the 

During the first week of school, 
SGA teamed up with the Student 
Activities Board to co-host a pool 
party at University Place to wel- 
come new students. The organiza- 
tions also held a "Meet Your Rep." 
session in Iberville Dining Hall to 
allow students to become familiar 
with members in SGA. 

Bourque stressed that he no 
longer wants students to simply 
see SGA as another student orga- 
nization, but instead as a "body of 
leaders" for NSU. Bourque added 
that he believes the many changes 
within the SGA and its constitution 
will help bring about this change in 

Bourque said that in the up- 
coming meetings, the SGA will be 
putting a focus on issues concern- 
ing student fees for part-time stu- 
dents and ways to improve the Stu- 
dent Union, and that his group of 
senators are up to the challenges. 


Photo by Kelli FontenotThe Current Saure 

A backhoe towers over the once-appealing historical bricks of 
Front Street, where construction will continue until November. 

Cont. from p. 1 

and Coastal Environments, a com- 
pany central to Baton Rouge, are 
under a contract to study the find- 
ings and test their eligibility for a 
listing on the national registry of 
artifacts, Hahn said. 

"You're trying to prove that 
it's so historically important that 
it can't be destroyed," Hahn ex- 

Before the actual construction 
began, Hahn conducted a back- 
ground study to see what areas held 
the most potential for archaeologi- 
cal findings. 

Though archaeology groups 
like "Beneath the Bricks" were or- 
ganized in Natchitoches to support 
the project, not everyone thinks 
the cause is worthwhile. 

Matt Benge, a senior history 
major at NSU, disagreed with the 
project, adding that he thought 
the city should have used concrete 
instead of preserving the original 

"It's time to move on," Benge 
said. "Forget the bricks. Who cares 
about the bricks?" 

Benge, who lives off campus, 
said the bricks are not as histori- 
cally significant as other aspects of 
Natchitoches' culture. 

"There are more important 
things to be focused on," Benge 

The businesses on Front Street 
have been dealing with the con- 
struction for five months. Bell and 
most of the crew are staying in 
Natchitoches, at least until they fin- 
ish working on the Church Street 
intersection. The workers also eat 
at the restaurants on the street on 
a regular basis, Bell said. 

"We try to do everything that 
we can to support it, because I 
know that this puts a bind on their 
business, especially at a time with 
the price of gas and the economy 
what it is, they would be slow any- 
way," Bell said. 

The Christmas Festival, which 
begins Nov. 22 with its traditional 
fireworks show, is the final deadline 
for the construction project. 

Some people have challenged 
Bell's work, insisting that he can't 
finish the project before the festival 

"We're going to finish it on 
time," Bell said. "I'd rather work the 
long hours now instead of having 
to work them on the end, and being 
up against that calendar every day 
and having these people say, 'You're 
not going to finish.'" 





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University Police travels around campus on new golf carts. 

Asya Mitchem 

Staff Reporter 

Beginning the new school year, 
students have noticed the Univer- 
sity Police's changes this semester, 
including their new transportation 

Campus police are no longer 
using only their cars as a form of 
transportation, but also bicycles 
and golf carts. 

The new transportation will al- 
low the officers to be in more areas 
around campus, University Police 
Chief Rickie Williams said. 

Williams also said that campus 
police are using their new transpor- 
tation as an opportunity to become 
better acquainted with the student 
body in order to gain the students' 

Williams feels that the more 
students trust campus police, the 
more likely students will make 
campus police aware of issues that 
affect NSU's campus. 

Williams believes that the new 
changes are in fact very effective 
because in the last couple of weeks 

students have interacted more with 

However, some students dis- 
agree with the University Police's 
reasoning on this matter. 

"NSU police take their job over 
all a little too serious. They [cam- 
pus police] don't bother me as long 
as they don't give me a ticket," Kei- 
sha Levingston, a junior social work 
major, said. 

"It was a little strange at first to 
see them on bicycles. They should 
be more concerned about getting 
us more parking instead of giving 
us tickets for parking in what they 
think is wrong areas, when we are 
just trying to get to class." 

Williams said he was unsure of 
where the funds for this new devel- 
opment came from, but he doesn't 
think it's coming out of student 

Many students wondered how 
NSU police were able to afford the 
new bicycles and golf carts. 

"I feel that it's a waste of mon- 
ey. It seems like they haven't used it 
for any safety reasons, only to give 
parking tickets and pulling people 

over for illegitimate things such as 
loud music," Shaneka Young, a ju- 
nior accounting major said. 

Brittney Hammond, a sopho- 
more accounting major, pointed 
out that university officials could 
have used their funds for other ser- 
vices that could benefit students. 
Crime, she said, is not the most 
prevalent issue on campus. 

Williams said the changes will 
lower the on-campus crime rate 
and save gas due to the recent in- 
crease in gas prices. 

There is no continuous cost of 
upkeep for bicycles. 

The golf carts run on electric- 
ity, Williams said. 

Some students still beg to dif- 
fer. In their eyes, the money allot- 
ted for alternative transportation 
should have been spent elsewhere. 

"The university is wasting our 
budget for unnecessary enforce- 
ment when our university in com- 
parison to others doesn't have a 
high crime rate. They should invest 
our money in more student parking 
and better eating facilities," Ham- 
mond said. 

Police Blotter 


4:04 p.m.- Vehicle found with gas tank 
lid open and no gas cap 
6:1 1 p.m.- Red Cross locked out of 
Sabine Hall 

9:23 p.m.- Vehicle pulled over at 
University Columns 

9:26 p.m.- Passenger of vehicle put in 
handcuffs, but not under arrest 


7:41 a.m.- Bicycle found in ditch near 

8:31 a.m.- Received call from 
concerned citizen reporting some 
subjects asleep in a Suburban at 
baseball field 

11:17 a.m.- Wildlife and Fisheries 
called about a boat running nets in 
Chaplain's Lake 

10:41 p.m.- Unattended BBQ grill (lit) 
found near softball field 
1 0:46 p.m.- Trying to locate owner of 
BBQ grill 

1 1 :00 p.m.- BBQ grill fire is put out 

10:24 a.m.- Hole is found in headlight of 
golf cart 

3:30 p.m.- Female reports her car has 
been stolen 

6:10 p.m.- Female reports that she has 
found her car in UP parking lot 


8:49 p.m.- Cows are found out of their 

8:57 p.m.- Cows are herded back in 
their pen 


9:38 a.m.- Red Cross shelter is closed 
and everyone is checked out 


7:04 a.m.- Wallet and phone 
are found and turned into police 
station. Reported that someone 
threw items out of window of vehicle 
7:1 7 a.m.- Wallet and phone picked 
up by owner. Owner explained that 
items fell off of roof of vehicle 

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September 10, 2008 

Energetic theatre student succeeds 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Ryan Hazelbaker plays Dr. Greyburn in "Something's Afoot." 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

For many students, the college 
experience consists of partying, 
showing up to class and completing 
a few assignments. Some, however, 
go above and beyond to get the 
most out of their four - or more 
- years here. 

Ryan Hazelbaker, a senior the- 
atre major, is among those hard- 
working students at NSU. Hazel- 
baker has been in 16 shows since 
his freshman year, has assistant di- 
rected one show, directed another 
and will assistant direct "Romeo 
and Juliet" and perform in "Lives 
of the Saints" this semester - and 
that's just at NSU. 

This line of work has put Ha- 
zelbaker in contact with a multi- 
tude of people - seven directors at 
NSU alone - and has offered him 
opportunities to reach beyond the 
campus and perform in the profes- 
sional realm. 

"He gets his money's worth at 
this university," assistant profes- 
sor of theatre Pia Wyatt said about 
Hazelbaker, adding that many stu- 
dents don't take advantage of uni- 
versity activities. 

Center stage 

Hazelbaker's experiences have 
changed him in many ways - as an 
actor, a student and a person. 

"I've learned what I'm capable 
of doing [as an actor]." Hazelbaker 
said. "As a freshman, you think you 
can play the lead." 

This wisdom has come from 
the wealth of experience he piled 
up doing so many NSU shows and 
multiple professional ones. 

"Through being on stage is how 
you really, truly grow," Hazelbaker 

Hazelbaker said it is hard to 
choose his favorite NSU show, but 
the most fulfilling was "CATS" last 
fall because it required him to sing, 
act and dance. 

"It stretched me," Hazelbaker 


Hazelbaker also had the oppor- 
tunity to play a role he had wanted 
to play since he was four years old 
- the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Won- 
derland" - last semester. In an in- 
terview last spring, Hazelbaker 
said he and his cousins would act 
out the entire Disney version of the 
story for their grandmother, who 
came to the NSU play of "Alice" 
along with the rest of his family. 

The leading lady of last spring's 
show, senior musical theatre major 
Tracena Collongues, has shared a 
stage with Hazelbaker since high 

Last semester, Collongues said 
it's exciting to watch an old tape of 
a show from high school and be 
able to watch Hazelbaker perform 
in "Alice," and then compare them. 

"We're completely different 
people now," Collongues said. 

Pia Wyatt said she has worked 
with Hazelbaker quite often in the 
last three years, which is a trend 
that will continue into this semes- 
ter. Hazelbaker is Wyatt 's assistant 
director for "Romeo and Juliet." 

"I'm a huge fan [of Hazelbak- 
er]," Wyatt said. "If I had a parade, 
he'd be at the front." 

Hazelbaker has also enjoyed 
working with Wyatt and appreci- 
ates all she has taught him. 

"I want to learn as much as I 
can from her," Hazelbaker said. 

Wyatt has witnessed growth 
from Hazelbaker as a student, an 
actor and now an assistant director. 
Shs said she has seen him become 
more grounded and determined to 
succeed and that he has been able 
to focus his energy, which is impor- 
tant in an acting career. 

"With this job, you have to 
have energy," Wyatt said. 

Wyatt is not the only person 
who has noticed Hazelbaker's en- 
ergy. Assistant professor of theatre 
William Perry Morgan described 
the young actor in quite the same 
way as Wyatt - grounded, positive, 
smart and, of course, energetic. 

In the spotlight 

Morgan has known Hazelbak- 
er since his sophomore year, and he 
saw potential in the student right 
away. Morgan said he was imme- 
diately impressed by Hazelbaker's 
energy. Morgan took Hazelbaker 
and another student who stood out 
to him, Casey Barrett, to a theatre 
convention in Memphis, Tenn., 
where Morgan introduced the stu- 
dents to important contacts. 

Both students were able to get 
summer acting jobs two summers 
in a row, and they are now able 
return to the conference as actors 
with professional experience, Mor- 
gan said. 

Hazelbaker spent the summer 
in Kentucky performing in "A Cho- 
rus Line" and playing the Tin Man 
in the "Wizard of Oz," the confer- 
ence in Memphis. Hazelbaker said 
he put in the work to get the parts, 
memorizing and preparing a 14- 
page monologue for his audition. 

'"Chorus Line' is, like, the 
show," Hazelbaker said, emphasiz- 
ing "the." He said it was the best ex- 
perience he has had as an actor so 

It was also a slightly new ex- 
perience for him. He started with 
no experience as a dancer fresh- 
man year and performed in a dance 
show ("A Chorus Line") before his 
senior year, Hazelbaker said. 

He and another NSU theatre 
student, Donald Jones Jr., were the 
only two college students in the 
show over the summer, and the rest 
of the cast comprised professional 

Although Hazelbaker enjoyed 
performing in "A Chorus Line," 
his favorite outside show was "The 
Wizard of Oz" because he got to 
cross off one of his top 10 roles to 
play, he said. 

Morgan said that the biggest 
change he has seen in Hazelbaker 
is a "maturity that has happened," 
which he thinks is due to the pro- 
fessional experience. This expe- 
rience allows Hazelbaker to be a 

resource to younger or less experi- 
enced students in the department, 
giving them the knowledge without 
the ego, Morgan said. 

Hazelbaker realizes the impact 
Morgan has had on his career. 

"Without him in my life, I 
would be lost," he said. "He's given 
me the tools I need to succeed." 

Scholastic side 

Another characteristic Wyatt 
appreciates about Hazelbaker is 
that he studies and maintains his 

"I get school," Hazelbaker said, 
adding that he has been on the 
Dean's List every semester of col- 
lege. He said that he understands 
what it takes to maintain his grades 
and the amount of work he has to 
put into that. 

School is important to him be- 
cause he wants to be a "well-round- 
ed sponge," who absorbs as much 
as he can. 

Hazelbaker appreciates the 
role NSU and the theatre depart- 
ment has played in his life. 

"Without this school, I'd have 
changed careers," he said. 

Curtain call 

The two theatre companies 
Hazelbaker worked with over the 
summer asked him to return to 
work after graduation, so he knows 
he has a job when he enters the 
"real world," he said. 

However, he's not sure what's 
next for him. He would like to even- 
tually live and act in New York and 
experience all the ups and downs 
that go along with it. As a Slidell 
native and recent Natchitoches 
resident, he is used to small-town 
living but is ready for the big city, 
he said. 

Morgan said Hazelbaker is 
very focused on his career, on mak- 
ing his mark on the professional 
theatre world and leaving his mark 
on the NSU theatre department. 

"He will make it," Morgan said. 

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Professor ventures out to soccer field 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

"This is not a Cajun accent you 
hear," Belgian native Krist Swim- 
berghe said. "I want to broaden 
the views of the students because 
there's an entire world outside of 
Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas." 

Swimberghe didn't know what 
lay ahead of him when he moved to 
Louisiana 11 years ago. He never 
knew his passion for soccer would 
follow him across the Atlantic 
Ocean, but his success still shines 
through the athletes on the field. 

Swimberghe began coaching 
for the Natchitoches Youth Soc- 
cer League, of which his two sons 
were members, and became known 
in the community as "the soccer 
guy." His opportunity to coach for 
Natchitoches Central High School 
came when the coach of the girls' 
team graduated from NSU. The 
team then made it to the play- 
offs for five years and was District 
Champion in 2007. 

"It's something I wanted to do 
to give back to the community," 
Swimberghe said. "I feel that I can 

make a difference through my love 
for soccer and my knowledge of the 

This year, Swimberghe will be 
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cer team. He was asked by seniors 
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Louisiana from Belgium after be- 
ing hired by a company in Many to 
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ing affairs. His wife, Candace, and 
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ovation after 'Miracle Tomato' 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

"Miracle Tomato," an original 
play by Connecticut native Jessica 
Cerullo, drew a responsive crowd 
to the A.A. Fredericks auditorium 
Saturday night. Her poetic play 
shed light on the tomato's journey 
through history, as well as its many 
connections to everyday life. 

The play's main character, 
Angelina Agnoloti, abandons her 
family's pizzeria and takes it upon 
herself to educate the people of 
America about a very misunder- 
stood subject. For far too long, An- 
gelina explains, people have looked 
at the tomato as an unassuming 
vegetable - yes, a vegetable. 

According to Cerullo's re- 
search, tomatoes were deemed veg- 
etables, not fruits, during the 19th 
century in a U.S. Supreme Court 
case. No cases since then have 
overturned the decision. Angelina 
draws attention to the lawmakers' 
motives in her narrative, noting 
that vegetables have higher taxes. 

With glittering eyes and a 
strong accent, Cerullo highlighted 
the many pitfalls tomatoes have 
endured over the years, including 
recent allegations that linked toma- 
toes to salmonella poisoning. 

Her energetic, convincing per- 
formance held the audience's atten- 
tion from the play's first lines until 
its poignant finish. 

For this performance of the 
play, Cerullo teamed up with Eliza- 
beth Bigger, an NSU theatre major. 

Bigger took on the role of 
Joanie, Angelina's silent accomplice 
and coworker. The pair met a cou- 
ple of times before the performance 
to brainstorm and rehearse for the 
show. Bigger, a member of the NSU 

Out On A Limb Improv Troupe, 
performed in "Five Women Wear- 
ing the Same Dress" last semester. 

Though Bigger had no lines 
in this play, she captured the audi- 
ence's focus with her facial expres- 
sions and impeccable comedic tim- 
ing. Cerullo said she appreciated 
the opportunity to work with Big- 

"She's very open and hardwork- 
ing and has a wonderful imagina- 
tion," Cerullo said in an interview. 

Many theatre students and au- 
dience members stayed in the the- 
ater after the show for a talkback 
- an open forum for the audience 
to ask Cerullo questions and offer 
their suggestions for future perfor- 

At the talkback, NSU students 
and faculty members voiced their 
opinions about Cerullo's play, which 
she has performed 20 times in vari- 
ous cities all over the country. The 
talkback traditionally serves as an 
educational tool for the students, 
but in the case of "Miracle Toma- 
to," the feedback is also beneficial 
to Cerullo, who improvises during 
each performance based on the 
way her audience responds. 

"I would like the students to 
have an expanded idea of what 
theatre is," Cerullo said in an inter- 
view. "I'd like them to be inspired 
to make their own theatre, to find 
their own unique form of expres- 
sion, whether it's through a tomato 
or anything that they feel that they 
want to share with an audience." 

At the talkback after the show, 
Cerullo said one of the reasons she 
chose the tomato as a subject for 
this play is that she wanted a mal- 
leable theme that could constantly 
evolve. The play, "a traveling story 
of love, bioengineering, and the 

search for home," focuses on sever- 
al metaphors involving tomatoes. 

At one point in the play, more 
than 200 rubber tomatoes are 
dropped on the stage. Cerullo said 
she uses rubber tomatoes instead of 
real ones because she doesn't want 
to waste them, but also because she 
wants to make a correlation be- 
tween the rubber tomatoes and the 
artificiality of today's genetically al- 
tered produce. 

Cerullo's interpretation of 
"Miracle Tomato" depends on 
where she performs it. In an in- 
terview, she commented that each 
town is like a tomato in that there 
is more to a town than that which 
meets the eye. Cerullo researches 
the culture and history of a town 
when she travels so that she can 
incorporate inside jokes about each 
city's culture and current events in 
her performances. 

The play's sparse set and sim- 
ple lighting allowed the audience to 
focus on the actors and the multi- 
media components of the show. A 
Macbook and projector rested on 
a small table with a red-and-white 
checkered tablecloth. While Ce- 
rullo acted as Angelina, interacting 
with the audience and explaining 
the tomato's journey from South 
America to North America, Bigger 
projected maps and photographs 
onto a large screen. As discussed at 
the talkback, the images enforced 
the play's message and provided 
additional insight into Angelina's 

Saturday night's audience gave 
Cerullo and Bigger a standing ova- 
tion for their performance. 

In her "serious comedy," Cerul- 
lo showed her audience that actors 
- and tomatoes - have a lot to of- 

Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 
September 10, 2008 


Half the Battle: 
'Let It Be' 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

There are 
some commer- 
cials that are tru- 
ly a work of art. 
The Budweiser 
frogs are a classic 
example. The Dr 
Pepper commercial with the Meat 
Loaf hit "I Would Do Anything For 
Love" is also a great example of 
comedy in advertising. 

However, some commercials 
fail when it comes to entertain- 
ment. I'm not even going to ap- 
proach Super Bowl ads because I 
don't have the time to describe the 
plot arcs that make up the most ex- 
pensive ads in television. 

Wednesday night, I was lucky 
enough to have electricity, so I 
turned on Comedy Central to 
watch "South Park" and "The Daily 
Show," a ritual I've maintained for 
years now. 

However, the commercials that 
air during these times are either too 
plain or too horrible to watch or lis- 
ten to. I never used to hit the Mute 
button or change the station during 
commercials until recently. 

How many different compa- 
nies need to use a cover of the Bea- 
tles' "Hello, Goodbye" while people 

dance out of sync with random 
products flying around the screen? 

There are plenty of songs in 
the Beatles library to choose from. 
There is a pretty good chance you 
can find something relevant to your 

Viagra commercials might 
creep me out a little less if they 
could get rid of their parody of 
"Viva Las Vegas," which is "Viva Vi- 
agra," and use something relevant. 
Perhaps the Beatles song "When 
I'm 64." 

Or, God help me, Bob Seger's 
"Like a Rock." 

Commercials aren't the only 
televised mistakes assaulting my 
already frail nerves, either. 

I watched a small part of the 
Video Music Awards, but had to 
turn it off after loads of British ce- 
lebrities started telling me to not 
vote for McCain. 

Now, I hate to keep defending 
McCain, but since when did the 
American public start outsourcing 
their political opinions? 

If you are taking advice from 
the British on American politics, 
you need to shut your TV off and 
go outside. Just lie down on the 
ground and think about it. 

The British have been removed 
from our political scene for 200 
years. Don't let them back in now. 

Shining Light 

Cody Bourque 

SGA President 

night I feared 
the worst. 

Not that 
the Demons 
were going to 
lose their lead 
in the fourth 
quarter to the 

Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce, 
but what trouble Gustav could 


Horrible sights replayed from 
Katrina in my head and on the 24- 
hour news channels. Being from the 
Houston area, I did not experience 
what the storm brought to the City 
of New Orleans, but over the past 
two years I have heard more than 
my fair share of horror stories. 

It was reassuring to see so many 
residents get out of harm's way, and 
I hope that in the future they will 
not second-guess evacuating just 
because the storm may weaken. 

The participants of the larg- 
est evacuation in history have to 
go somewhere and Northwestern 
State welcomed more than 500 
evacuees along with more than 200 
students from McNeese and the 
University of New Orleans in shel- 
ters operated by the American Red 

I am proud of the way that 
our University welcomed evacuees 
along with making sure that stu- 
dents still on campus were safe and 
well-off if the weather would have 
gotten bad in Natchitoches. 

In my last piece, I called for us 
to take ownership in our university 
and there is no better way to show 

that than volunteering valuable 
time. Student volunteers at the Red 
Cross Shelters like Brian, Ruth and 
Jeremy showed what our student 
body is made of: compassionate 
and caring individuals who are al- 
ways willing to lend a hand to those 
in need. 

Times of trouble bring out the 
best and worst of people. Students 
stepped up, showing our strong 
character, but we cannot just show 
that in times of dire need. 

Let's challenge ourselves to 
volunteer whenever we can. Push 
back those Saturday plans of two 
hours on the xBox or Facebook and 
lend a hand at the Boys and Girls 
Club or join Demon Volunteers In 

I say this like it's easy to com- 
mit yourself to even a couple of 
hours a week. 

It's not. I have been trying 
to make time to volunteer at the 
Natchitoches Association of Re- 
tarded Citizens for over a year now 
and it's not easy to do, but I feel that 
now is better than never and plan 
on heading over there Monday to 
sign up. 

The thing we have to remem- 
ber is to make sure we enjoy volun- 
teering our time, otherwise it's not 
worth it to us or the people we are 
trying to help. 

Although Gustav was not as 
bad as we thought it would be, we 
cannot forget our friends and class- 
mates impacted by the storm and 
be there for them however we can. 

Through all the chaos though, 
one thing that pierced through the 
clouds is the amazing spirit of NSU, 
and I am honored to call every stu- 
dent my classmate. 

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University response to 
Gustav 'discomforting' 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

It was an extremely comforting 
thought through- 
out the summer 
when I received 
endless test Purple 
Alert messages, 
but that comfort 
quickly dissipated 
this past weekend 
through the events encouraged by 

I would assume that a hur- 
ricane would be considered "an 
emergency situation in which there 
is an immediate risk to the health 
and safety of the campus commu- 
nity," but I am not "specially trained 
to determine the circumstances" 
unlike the University Police and 
key Administrative personnel. 

The Current Sauce reported 
last February that the Purple Alert 
was a direct result after re-evaluat- 
ing the "lessons learned during Hur- 
ricane Katrina and recent school 
shootings," but how productive 
was it during this past hurricane 
and will there be any notifications 
for the other hurricanes potentially 
heading in our direction? 

Coming from Texas, I have no 
hurricane experience, so it was very 
discomforting when it appeared 
the school did not take an active 
approach to ensuring students' 

Living on campus, I am used 
to random signage on our doors in- 
forming us of events or important 

It appeared that residential life 
was on top of things when I came 
home to find a full-page note ex- 
plaining the importance of not al- 
lowing refugees to stay in the apart- 
ments in order to ensure student 
safety, but sadly I was mistaken. 

When it came time for Gustav 
to enter our neighborhood, there 
was no notification from residential 
life to inform the students of "hur- 
ricane safety," class cancellation, et 

In order to identify NSU stu- 

dents, RAs did go around to the 
apartments and ask residents to 
wear colored bracelets, but the im- 
portance of this was not clarified or 

Still naive with hopes that the 
school would personally attempt to 
contact students, I actively checked 
my NSU e-mail in case the school 
would take advantage of Student 
Messenger and inform students of 
class cancellations, the role of the 
campus during Gustav and hurri- 
cane safety. I regret to inform the 
reader that yet again, I was disap- 

There are always things that 
can be done better, and I have no 
doubt that the school had the stu- 
dents' best interest at heart during 
the storm. I am simply disappoint- 
ed in the lack of communication. 

The best efforts are lost if 
someone somewhere doesn't take 
the time to inform those around 

If the school officials felt that 
Gustav lacked the requirements to 
enact Purple Alert, then perhaps 
they should have taken advantage 
of the communication tools at their 

If residential life desires a sense 
of community within the apart- 
ments, then perhaps they should 
begin with communication. 

Students need to know that 
someone has their best interest at 
heart, but as long as officials con- 
tinue to lead in the dark, no one 
will be able to follow. 

As long as the importance of 
these communication tools are 
kept a secret, no one is going to 
know what to do when danger truly 

As for the next hurricane, I 
hope things are better. I hope com- 
munication is fixed, because this 
time we were lucky. 

This time it was just a minor 
storm, but what happens when it's 

What happens when the stu- 
dents lack the information to know 
what to do during a real event with 
immediate consequences? 

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Editor in Chief 


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News Editor 

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Sports Co-Editor 

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Layout Editor 

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Staff Reporter 

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Staff Reporter 

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Student Stats: What is your favorite genre of music? 

Justin Priola 


Business Administration 
Rock and Rap 
"Rap is great to 
listen to when 
want to 
dance. On the 
other hand, 
rock has its own 

sound. Its great to hear it when 
you're working out and just getting 
your spirits up. Either way, both are 
great for getting crunk." 

Brooke Nielson 


Fashion Merchandising 
Rock and Rap 

"Rock is probably my favorite be- 
cause my broth- 
er's band, Built 
For Speed, is, 
like, awesome. 
Their songs 
get me really 

pumped up. I also love listening to 
rap or anything I can dance to! Rap 
music gets me excited." 

Justin McLain 


Criminal justice 

"When I'm in the 
gym and want to 
reach my maxi- 
mum intensity, 
rock in what 
gets me there. 

It pushes me to push my limits ev- 
eryday. As far as what I like playing 
during my workout sessions, rock 
is my genre." 

Caitlin Cunningham 


Business Administration 
Rock and Rap 
"Rock is definite- 
ly my favorite be- 
cause of the band 
Hinder. They are 
my favorite band. 
When I am in 

a bad mood, I like to listen to rap 
because it makes me want to dance 
and dancing puts me in the best 


Oscar Williams, III 


Health and Human Perfor- 
"These are my 
favorite genres 
of music because 
it can relax your 
mind and lift you 
up at the same time." 

There are online polls as 
well! Go to www.thecur- and vote! 

lite online results for this poll: 
Country: 33% 
Rap: 25% 
Rock: 17% 
Classic Rock: 17% 
Techno: 8% 
Classical: 0% 
Jazz: 0% 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
September 10, 2008 

'Da Bears' too much for D< 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co -Editor 

NSU returned to Natchitoches 
after a disappointing 51-6 runaway 
loss to the Big 12's Baylor Bears. 
The blend of the spread offense 
and Robert Griffin's lightning-fast 
speed proved to be too much for 
the Purple Swarm defense. 

"They played well, the quarter- 
back was everything we expected, 
and they made a lot of plays. We 
didn't," head coach Scott Stoker 

"We missed a great chance on 
the second play of the game and 
that set the tone for the way we 
played in the first quarter." 

Griffin's speed allowed him 
to easily escape Demon defend- 
ers, throwing touchdown passes 
of 49, 32 and 47, tallying 297 yards 
through the air. He also ran for 42 
yards, including a 3-yard touch- 
down scamper. 

Griffin, whose older sister De- 
Ion throws discus for NSU's track 
and field team, placed third in the 
NCAA 400-meter hurdles champi- 
onship in May. 

NSU's defense struggled from 
the start, giving up 203 yards and 
23 points in the first quarter alone. 

Senior kicker Robert Weeks 
scored the first and only points for 
the Demons in the second quarter 

Photo by Chris Reich/The Current Sauce 

Two Demon defenders battle the Baylor Bears at Saturday's game in Waco, Texas. 

with field goals from 30 and 31. 

The Demons' offense never 
found its groove, amassing only 190 
yards of offense on 70 plays. Baylor 
gained 537 yards on 65 plays. 

"Offensively, we were very in- 
consistent and not very good over- 
all. Defensively, we had a bad game. 
But Baylor had a lot to do with that. 
Stoker said. "We take the tape, 

we learn from what we see, and we 
turn the page and get ready for a 
big game next Saturday." 

The Demons' loss puts both 
teams at 1-1 for the season. NSU is 
now preparing for SWAC member 
Grambling State, who will travel to 
Turpin Stadium on Saturday. 

"From the day the contract got 
done, this has been one of those 

games everybody has been looking 
forward to," Stoker said. "Now it's 
time to have a great week getting 
ready and to go out there Saturday 
afternoon and play like we're capa- 

The game has been moved 
from 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Grambling is 
also 1-1, coming off a 29-0 victory 
over Alcorn State. 

Photo by Chris ReichAThe Current Sauce 

Wide receiver Calvin Stoker III (18) dashes toward the end zone. 

BS'ing with the Bull: Loyalty misplaced 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

I figure when you write an 
opinionated column there is a point 
in time where you will make some 
people mad. 

For me, this could very well be 
that column that upsets people. 

I want to start by saying, how 
dare we? Yes, me included. By now, 
I'm fairly sure that everyone knows 

that the NSU football team is play- 
ing Grambling State University this 
Saturday at 2 p.m. The time was 
changed from 6 p.m. so the GSU 
band would have more time to 
travel to Jacksonville, Fla., so they 
can perform for the Jaguars - yes, 
the NFL team. Now, this is not my 

The part I have a problem with 
is the fact that because the GSU 
marching band is coming to play 

here at NSU, everyone and his 
mother wants to come watch. 

It has gotten so bad that Mon- 
day morning I got a phone call from 
Assistant Marketing Director Brian 
Seiler, who told me students would 
have to go to the athletic fieldhouse 
to get tickets. 

Each student must present 
their student IDs to get their tick- 
ets, free of charge. 

The heads of state, as far as 

the athletic venues are concerned, 
are so worried about the amount 
of people coming to watch GSU's 
band that it has put them on alert 
level 11. 

Now trust me, I fall into the 
category of people coming to watch 
GSU's band, but I also show up ev- 
ery Saturday to watch our band 

What most people don't un- 
derstand is that NSU has the fifth 

best band in America according to 
college on the record (www.colleg- 

In the entire nation, I just had 
to clarify that. So, that's where my 
biggest problem comes from. 

We have one of the best bands 
in the country and few people come 
to watch them perform. 

NSU can barely get people to 
show up for games and things of 
that nature, but when GSU's band 

shows up, people come out in 
droves. And please don't think I'm 
just hating on those who want to 
watch GSU's band, because I want 
to as well. 

I just don't think it's fair for 
our band to suffer having to play in 
front of no one when they are one 
of the best bands in America. 

Also, don't forget that there 
will actually be a football game go- 
ing on as well. 

• Students need to pick up tickets at fieldhouse 

• Fieldhouse is located at south end of Turpin Stadium 

• Deadline is Friday evening 

• Tickets will be General Admission 

• Seats are on east side in NSU student section 

• Game time is 2 p.m. 




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Stephen Borne 

Sauce Reporter 

Now in its second year, NSU's 
Demon Rewards program gives 
students incentive - particularly 
in the form of a $1,700 grand prize 
- to show support for student ath- 
letes by attending sporting events 
on campus. 

Executive Director Brian Seiler 
described Demon Rewards as a 
"student loyalty program" and a 
way to encourage more students to 
get involved in athletic events. 

Seiler and Ryan Holloway vis- 
ited Texas A&M and noticed its 
"12th man program," which dra- 
matically increased attendance at 
sporting events besides football 
games, such as soccer, basketball 
and tennis. 

Inspired by A&M's program, 
Demon Rewards urges NSU stu- 

dents to become part of the audi- 
ence at Demon games. 

"Last year, we were thrilled by 
the success of the program by the 
amount of students that showed up 
and showed their support at all the 
Demons' home events," Marketing 
Director Ryan Holloway said. 

To participate in the Demon 
Rewards program, students sign up 
at any entrance of any NSU home 
athletic event. After signing up, the 
student receives a small card. Each 
card has 10 boxes on it, and each 
box counts for one point. 

Some athletic events count 
for double points, which means 
students' tickets will be punched 
twice. Once the 10th box on a card 
is punched, the card's owner re- 
ceives a short-sleeve T-shirt. 

After receiving the first 10 
points and redeeming them for a 
free Demon T-shirt, the student 

must then swipe an NSU ID at the 
Demon Reward tent at every fol- 
lowing home event. 

Students who rack up enough 
Reward points can take home vari- 
ous prizes. Ten points are worth a 
white short-sleeve Demons T-shirt, 
25 points win a purple long-sleeve 
Demons shirt and 35 points can be 
traded in for a Demons messenger 
bag. A replica Demon football jer- 
sey is 50 points. 

The students with the most 
points win big: the runner-up will 
receive a $500 check. 

The student who earns the 
most Demon Reward points will 
receive a $1,700 check. 

The Demon Rewards program 
started Aug. 29 at the "Demons 
Come Out at Night" pep rally. The 
last event this semester is at the 
Demon's Basketball Double Head- 
er, scheduled for Dec. I. 

Soccer, volleyball struggle early 

Andy Bullard 
Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editors 

The Demon soccer team was 
back in action at the Demon Soccer 
Complex after a three-game road 
trip. The Demon volleyball team is 
still on a six-game road trip, antici- 
pating its home opener. 

The NSU soccer team faced off 
against the Southern Mississippi 
Golden Eagles in Starkville, Missis- 
sippi Aug. 29 and lost 2-0. Amanda 
Vines gave up two goals but still 
had a good game. She made seven 
saves on nine shots faced. 

On Aug. 31, they remained in 
Starkville to battle the Mississippi 
State Lady Bulldogs and lost three 
goals to one. Junior defender Chel- 
sea Brozgold scored the lone goal 
for the Demons, her first goal of the 

"The road has been tough on 
us. I hope it has made us a better 

team," head coach Jimmy Mitchell 

The Demons traveled to Still- 
water, Okla. Sunday to face the 
17th-ranked Oklahoma State Cow- 
girls. The Demons lost 3-0, muster- 
ing only two shots on goal. 

"Oklahoma State is a special 
team. They are ranked inside the 
top 20 in the country and are very 
deserving of that mark," Mitchell 
said. . 

The Lady Demon volleyball 
team is also off to a less-than-pleas- 
ing start, losing its first match three 
games to two against Tennessee- 
Martin in the Lady Govs Volleyball 
Classic Aug. 29. NSU nearly came 
home with a win, falling 17-15 in 
the final game of the match. 

The ladies in purple and white 
continued play that day facing Aus- 
tin Peay State. NSU fell 3-0, bring- 
ing its overall record to 0-2. The 
Demons took on conference foe 
Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a 

non-conference match. NSU took 
the match 3-1, earning its first win 
of the season. 

"This was a real big win for 
us," Demon volleyball head coach 
Brittany Uffelman said. "Especially 
with it coming against a conference 

Junior outside hitter Yelena 
Enwere earned All-Tournament 
honors with her performance. She 
recorded 20 kills in the win against 

The Demons were set to face 
Louisiana Tech on September 2, 
but the match was postponed due 
to conditions caused by Hurri- 
cane Gustav. The two schools will 
attempt to make up the game at a 
later date. NSU will continue its 
season at the Ragin' Cajun Volley- 
ball Tournament this Friday against 
the University of Akron. The first 
home game for NSU is scheduled 
for Sept. 16 when they host Gram- 
bling State. 



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Fast food franchises focus on finishing 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

While a Hot 'N Spicy McChi- 
cken or BK Hershey Pie can satisfy 
the average craving, those looking 
for more flavors have been eagerly 
observing the progress of construc- 
tion sites like Raising Cane's, Dairy 
Queen Grill and Chill, Frosty Fac- 
tory and the renovation of the in- 
credibly outdated local Taco Bell. 

The good news is that major- 
ity of the new constructions are 
predicted to be completed by or in 

Raising Cane's on Keyser Av- 
enue was one of the first construc- 
tion sites visible in Natchitoches as 
far back as February. 

Julie Perrault with Raising 
Cane's marketing said they are ex- 
pecting the Natchitoches location 
to be open by mid-October. 

The opening date was first set 
as the first week of October, but 
Perrault said they are now adding 
a few more weeks to the original 
opening date because of the recent 

Natchitoches is the company's 
73rd location. Natchitoches' "One 
Love" is currently hiring general 
managers, shift managers and crew 
members. Job applications and 
resumes can be e-mailed to great- 

The empty lot on the corner, 
right next to Raising Cane's, is still 
in negotiations for a buyer by Royal 
Seal Development. Sam Pascal, 
with Royal Seal Development, said 
they are still seeking a franchise to 
fill the spot. 

The DQ Grill and Chill on 
Highway 1 South will be open on 
Nov. 3 according to Leslie De- 
shotels, office administrator of 
GLAMR Ventures, Inc. They will 
be on site to start accepting appli- 
cations on Oct. 6. 

A DQ Grill and Chill is a new 

Photo by Michael Silver/The Current Sauce 

The new Dairy Queen Grill and Chill is being built next to 
Popeye's on South Drive. 

Photo Illustration by Michael Silver/The Current Sauce 

The new design for Dairy Queen offers the option of patio din- 
ing. This illustration represents a photo of the plans. 

concept for Dairy Queen. Servers 
bring out food to the customers, 
who now have the option of patio 
dining. The Grill and Chill also of- 
fers iron-grilled sandwiches, a vari- 
ety of burgers, ice cream cakes and 
of course - the Blizzard. Deshotel 
also said an Orange Julius will be 
joining the DQ Grill and Chill next 

Frosty Factory, across from 
the DQ construction on Highway 
1 South, has taken longer to open 
than owner Dwane Arnold antici- 
pated. He said the contractor start- 
ed three months later than first 
agreed, and the business was just 
approved by the Louisiana Health 

Arnold also needed approval 
of the Natchitoches City Council to 
get an on-premise alcohol permit 
allow his customers to enjoy his 
frosty creations in the facility, like 
at his original location in Alexan- 
dria with pool tables and seating. 

Arnold said he was approached 
by a few local businessmen, asking 
not to do that, and was denied the 
permit by the city council. Arnold 
said he hopes to re-apply for the 

on-premise alcohol permit later. 

"I've been looking at the 
Natchitoches market for a long 
time," Arnold said. "I was disap- 
pointed when we didn't get the ap- 

Arnold said he hopes the Frosty 
Factory will open around Thanks- 
giving. They will be looking to hire 
more staff around that time. 

"I believe in hiring college kids 
because they have a goal in mind," 
Arnold said. "They work hard, and 
I try to stick with that." 

As for the Frosty Factory sign 
that has been lit up day and night, 
Arnold said that was the fault of the 
electrician who installed it, and he 
plans to have it turned off soon. 

The office of B&G Food Enter- 
prises, that operates Taco Bell, KFC 
and Pizza Hut franchises in Texas, 
Louisiana and Mississippi, said the 
Natchitoches Taco Bell renovation 
is more than halfway complete. 

The office gave no specific 
date for the Natchitoches Taco 
Bell opening because of the hurri- 
canes, but said construction should 
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University Place II residents voice mixed opinions 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

Freshman pre-med student Krista Dixon unpacks her bag in her cluttered room at UP II. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

After only a month since the 
opening of University Place Phase 
II, students living in the newest on- 
campus residence have already be- 
gun gauging their opinion concern- 
ing the quality their stay. 

Residents have experienced 
everything from faulty keys to un- 
finished rooms, but students like 
junior health and exercise science 
major Eddie Higginbotham said 
the minor problems he has experi- 
enced are "completely understand- 

Higginbotham lived in the 

original phase of University Place 
for his first two years at NSU and 
now lives in the newest phase. 

"I almost expected there to be 
some problems because it [Univer- 
sity Place Phase II] is new and was 
put up so quickly," Higginbotham 

Stephanie Dyjack, managing 
director of University Place Phase 
II, admits that her staff has had to 
deal with problems related to the 
air-conditioning and plumbing, 
but said that these problems can 
be expected because this is the first 
time the residence is actually being 

Because the original construc- 

tion team is still on site working on 
the finishing touches, Dyjack add- 
ed that fortunately the construc- 
tion team has been able to respond 
and solve these problems quickly. 
Many students living at University 
Place Phase II agree with Dyjack's 
reasoning concerning the recent 
maintenance problems. 

Other residents, however, said 
they believe that if these problems 
were able to be expected, then Dy- 
jack's staff should have prevented 
the problems from occurring. 

Natalie Johnson, a sophomore 
music education major, said when 
she moved into University Place 
Phase II her room appeared to be 


Johnson said she was unpleas- 
antly surprised to see that her new 
door already had scratches on it 
and a large spot on her wall was not 
even painted. 

Although Johnson's problems 
could be considered as a common- 
ly found mistake with a new con- 
struction project, some residents 
have experienced problems that 
are potentially long-term and more 
difficult to solve. 

Several residents, including 
sophomore nursing major Jade Du- 
pre, complained of having a major 
problem with insects living both in 
and outside of their rooms. 

Dupre explained that her in- 
sect problem was so severe that 
there were even insects in her bath 

"I had to shake them out," Du- 
pre said. 

Additionally, other residents 
said that they have problems with 
the lack of space in desired areas 
of the room, which is brought on 
by the modified floor plan, and the 
echoes and undesirable atmosphere 
created by the absence of carpet in 
all rooms - University Place Phase 
I had both carpet and tile floors. 

Krista Dixon, a freshman pre- 
med student at the Louisiana Schol- 
ars' College, said she was under the 
impression that she would have 
more room and storage space. 

Unlike the older phase of 
University Place, a nightstand is 
not provided for the residents in 
the new phase and Dixon said the 
modified floor plan makes it more 
difficult to fit all of her belongings 
in her room. 

As a result, Dixon said she was 
forced to send some of her belong- 
ings back to her parents' home in 

In reference to the decision not 

to install carpet, sophomore crimi- 
nal justice major Janay Fisher said 
officials over University Place Phase 
II should have made wiser choices. 

"The officials should be adding 
new features instead of taking them 
away," Fisher said. 

Despite these problems, many 
residents said that they still do not 
regret moving into the new phase. 

Cavante Moore, a sophomore 
computer information systems ma- 
jor, lived in Boozman Hall before 
moving into the new phase of Uni- 
versity Place this year and said that 
Dyjack and her staff have definitely 
met his expectations. 

"My experience at UPII has 
been 100 percent better than at 
Boozman," Moore said. 

Moore explained that for him 
the best part of the new housing 
is the fact that he no longer has to 
share a bathroom. 

Other aspects of the new 
phase that the residents praised 
included the new furniture and the 
fact that its location is closer to the 

Luke Williams, a sophomore 
liberal arts major at the Scholars' 
College, said the prices that Uni- 
versity Place charge are too high 
and compared the company to a 

The majority of the residents 
interviewed agreed that a primary 
deciding factor as to whether or not 
they will pursue moving off campus 
next year is the price of University 
Place Phase II - the monthly rent 
for a double room at University 
Place with a nine-month lease is 
$458 without a meal plan. 

Williams's opinion mirrored 
many other residents' opinions, 
which could illuminate a problem 
for University Place in the future 
when it comes time for the resi- 
dents to renew their leases. 

David Royal 
News Editor 
September 17, 2008 

Varnado's rooms occupied once again 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

Varnado Hall is currently being used as temporary housing for students who could not find any 
available rooms in University Columns or either phase of University Place. Dean of Students Chris 
Maggio said students in Varnado may have permanent rooms by the start of next semester. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Due to an increase in enroll- 
ment this semester, Dean of Stu- 
dents Chris Maggio said University 
Columns and both phases of Uni- 
versity place have occupied all of 
their rooms, which originally left 
about 125 students without a place 
to stay this semester. 

In response to this overbook- 
ing, Maggio said that NSU officials 
believed it would be in the dis- 
placed students' best interest to re- 
open Varnado Hall - the tradition- 
al dorm-style housing was closed 
last semester as NSU completed its 
transition into privatized housing. 

Although it is only meant to 
serve as a temporary home for stu- 
dents, Maggio explained that Var- 
nado will remain open until there 
is enough room in the privatized 
housing for students. 

"If they remain full then we will 
stay committed to keeping Varnado 
open," Maggio said. 

Because this is the inaugural 
year for complete privatized hous- 
ing at NSU, Maggio said NSU of- 
ficials prepared for scenarios such 
as this one and said that Varnado 
had already been designated as a 

reserve housing facility. 

Officials at NSU became aware 
of the overpopulation late this past 
summer as numerous students ap- 
plied for on-campus housing. 

Since such a large number of 
students turned in their housing 
applications past the due date, NSU 
officials were unable to provide 
those students with the housing 
they requested, Maggio said. 

Maggio said his staff began in- 
forming students that there were 
no rooms available about a week 
before classes began. 

The students staying in Varna- 
do this semester are paying signifi- 
cantly more to live there, however, 
in comparison to last semester's 
prices. In fact, Maggio said stu- 
dents in Varnado are paying the 
same rate as a double occupancy 
room in University Place Phase II. 

Although he admits the qual- 
ity of the housing at Varnado is not 
nearly as great as the new phase 
of University Place, Maggio said 
students are paying the same rate 
because the students had already 
signed a lease for the privatized 

Maggio added that NSU offi- 
cials originally offered the students 
without rooms the choice of can- 

celing their lease and moving off 

Many of the students hving in 
Varnado, however, said that finding 
off-campus housing on such short 
notice was unfeasible, and being 
charged the same rate as the newer 
rooms in University Place is unfair. 

Freshman nursing major Jor- 
dan Knight explained that he dis- 
likes having to pay such high prices 
for housing that he does not con- 
sider to be that nice. 

"How do the prices make me 
feel? Basically, I'm pissed," Knight 

Other students, like freshman 
accounting major Genard Fells, 
said that they are unhappy with the 
situation, but admitted that they're 
just happy to have a place to stay. 

"This hasn't really been a big 
deal for me because I know that I 
turned in my stuff in late, so I guess 
I can't really complain," Fells said. 

In order to help ease the situa- 
tion, Maggio said the housing staff 
at Varnado has planned activities 
and games for the residents. 

Currently, Maggio said there 
are around 80 students living in 
Varnado, and he expects the hous- 
ing problem to be completely alle- 
viated by the spring semester. 

Chaplain's Lake construction 
captures community's focus 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Chaplain's Lake, a body of wa- 
ter once admired for its aesthetic 
appeal, was drained over the sum- 
mer, and the city has now finalized 
the rest of the construction plans. 
The recent activity in the now- 
empty basin near the north end of 
the lake has caught the communi- 
ty's attention. 

For the past two weeks, a CAT 
marsh buggy has been treading 
through the muddy remains of the 
lake, swirling a 50-foot metal arm 
around in the slimy material. 

The sludge is actually a mixture 
of lime, alum and silt, according to 
Regional Construction owner Pat 

"It's just dirt, mainly," Johnson 


When water from Sibley Lake 
goes through the water treatment 
plant's filtration system, all the 
sediment from the bottom of the 
lake enters the system. The water 
treatment plant backwashes the 
water, leaving sludge that is carried 
through a water line and depos- 
ited in Chaplain's Lake, which runs 
alongside Jefferson Drive. 

The mud occupying the north 
end of Chaplain's Lake is a 10-year 
buildup of all the sediment that is 
being discarded by the water treat- 
ment plant, Johnson said. 

Regional Construction, a com- 
pany Johnson started in 2002, will 
remove the material from the lake 
and transport it to a containing 
area, where it will dry out and be 
saved for later use. Then, water will 
be poured back into the lake, re- 
turning it to its usual state. 

The project is part of Natchi- 
toches City Bid number 0464, 
which presented the city with a 
couple of options. 

The city could either dredge 
- set up a barge in the middle of 
the lake and remove the sediment 
with a pump - or excavate - manu- 
ally scoop up the sediment with 
excavation machinery. As made 
obvious by the tractors currently 
parked in and around the lake, the 
city decided on the latter. 

Chuck Bourg, the director of 
the Physical Plant on campus, said 
representatives from NSU have at- 
tended meetings with the engineers 
and environmental consultants on 
this project to make sure things are 
going smoothly, even though the 
project is not their responsibility. 

"We've taken a proactive stance 
and we want to be involved," Bourg 

Bid 0464 was awarded Aug. 
11 at a city council meeting for 
$256,000, Bourg said. The city hired 
an environmental consultant and 
engineer because certain permits 
needed to be filed for the Army 
Corps of Engineers, Bourg said. 

Johnson's company, Regional 
Construction, is under a contract 
to remove 5,000 cubic yards of the 
material before the city can fill the 
lake with water again. 

"I'm trying to make sure that 
we get the material out, but yet not 
damage the system that's in place 
right now," Johnson said. 

In particular, the marsh buggy 
operators have to watch out for two 
16- inch waterlines and a 24-inch 
waterline resting four feet beneath 
the water's surface. The lines ex- 
tend across the width of the lake. 

Wooden markers adorned 
with pink tape stretch across the 
width of the lake. Regional Con- 
struction measured elevation all 
the way across, then measured 
from the bottom of the tape down 
to the top of the silt. Then, the com- 
pany calculated how much material 
must move in order to reach the 
5,000 cubic yard goal. The average 
cut will be about 1.8 feet, Johnson 

"When we get through, you'll 
have about four more feet of water 
in here than what's out there right 
now," Johnson said. 

The silt should be removed be- 
fore the end of this month. The lake 
should be filled with water again 
sometime in November. 

Regional construction has 
helped out with many other proj- 
ects on campus. They paved the 
asphalt of the walking track that 
winds alongside Chaplain's Lake 
and serves as a scenic route for 

athletes, students and community 

Elisha Ibanga, a frequent run- 
ner and sophomore political sci- 
ence major, said the lake's current 
appearance diverts his running 
path - and his eyes - elsewhere. 

"One of the things you always 
hear about [NSU] is that the cam- 
pus looks great, and that definitely 
does not look cool," Ibanga said. 

Ibanga said he still runs on the 
path, but not as often. Sometimes, 
he runs around the campus to avoid 
looking at the construction. 

"It just doesn't look good, as far 
as campus appearance goes," Iban- 
ga added. "Think of it sort of like a 
park. Would you want your park 
looking like that? Or your yard?" 

The plans for Chaplain's 
Lake do consider physical appeal, 
though. If the city left the sediment 
in Chaplain's Lake alone, the silt 
deposits would eventually build up 
and form small islands and sand- 
bars in the middle of the lake, ris- 
ing up over the surface of the water, 
Bourg said. 

"This is just to remove the silt 
that's in there now. The lake is not 
going to look any different once 
they're finished; it will look just like 
it did before," Bourg said. 

This time, the city also plans 
to build a curtain wall around the 
lake to make sure the sediment 
from Sibley Lake will fall within a 
containment area instead of ending 
up in the middle of Chaplain's Lake, 
ensuring that the problem will be 
easier to fix if it happens again, 
Bourg said. 

It is definitely a possibility, 
Bourg said, as this is the third time 
the city has had to drain Chaplain's 
Lake. The last project started about 
10 years ago. 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 
Photo Illustration courtesy of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry 

Top: The Baptist Collegiate Ministry began construction of its new 10,000 square foot facility 
across from Prather Coliseum last semester. 

Bottom: The BCM building is expected to be completed in November. 

Donations, volunteers make 
new BCM building possible 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

Anna Junkins, a Natchitoches resident, walks on the track near 
the construction site on the north side of Chaplain's Lake. 

Tiffany Thomas 

Ereslunan Scholar 

The whir and hum of con- 
struction can be heard as the Bap- 
tist Collegiate Ministry nears the 
completion of a new, nearly 10,000 
square foot facility. The new BCM 
building should be completed in 

Since 1926, the BCM has 
strived to provide a safe haven of 
hope for students, but without a 
building for the last four years the 
BCM has been functioning from 
the Friedman Student Union. 

This obstacle will be replaced 
by a million-dollar facility equipped 
with a student center, conference 
room, full service kitchen and a 
2,400 square foot porch. 

"We hold nearly 90 meetings, 
and the new building will relieve 
some of the pressure on the Stu- 
dent Union," explained Bill Collins, 

director of the BCM. 

The new building will become 
the neighbor of the Kappa Sigma 
Fraternity House. Daniel Cobb, a 
junior biology major and member 
of the fraternity, said the broth- 
ers have mixed feelings about the 

"We're used to having free reign 
and usually parking our trucks on 
the grass for tailgates, but having 
an outreach there to preach only- 
benefits our fraternity," Cobb said. 

Both parties feel they can ben- 
efit from each other. 

Outside support and volun- 
teerism have played a major role 
in the reality of the new building. 
Starting out with an $800,000 bud- 
get, accommodating the projected 
million-dollar price tag seemed 
strenuous, Collins said. 

However, the BCM soon at- 
tained about $200,000 in free labor 
from student workers and retired 

members of Louisiana Baptist 
Builders who specialize in projects 
such as this. 

Now work can continue stress- 
free to reach the intended Novem- 
ber 2008 completion. 

Collins and his wife Phyllis are 
glad to commandeer a project open 
to all NSU students providing Bible 
studies, worship, dramatizations 
and other activities. 

After opposition like hurri- 
canes and the rise and fall of the 
economy delaying construction, 
Collins is at ease just to know that 
the foundations have been laid for 
a place he's hoped for for many 

"I'm happy that we'll have a 
place for the students to feel at 
home and worship." 

With the BCM's new location 
almost completed, the Student 
Union will soon have the opportu- 
nity to host additional functions. 

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News Editor 
September 17, 2008 



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Track reopens, limits hours to extend lifetime 

Asya Mitchem 

Staff Reporter 

All rumors and questions 
about the track being closed to the 
public may be put to rest. The track 
is available to all students and fac- 
ulty Monday through Friday from 6 
a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Anyone using the track during 
this time may only use lanes four 
through eight. 

The other lanes are unavailable 
so that the track can have a longer 
life span and cut down on mainte- 
nance cost. 

The track had been closed tem- 
porarily due to renovations, Will 
Broussard, assistant athletic direc- 
tor, said. 

"The track has been open for 
a while now. I don't think word got 
around," Broussard said. 

E-mails were sent recently 
to all faculty members about the 
availability of the track. An effort 
will soon be made for student mes- 
senger to send e-mails to NSU stu- 

dents so they will also be aware of 
the track's new hours. 

Many students were not aware 
of the track closure. 

"I didn't even know that the 
track was closed to the public, but 
even if I wanted to use the track I 
would be unable to because the 
availability of the track conflicts 
with my schedule," Jiame Brown, a 
senior psychology major, said. 

Brown added that the track's 
new hours could be more conve- 
nient for students who have classes 
during the day. 

"It would be easier for me to 
use it at night, especially after the 
sun has gone down," Brown said. 

The track was also closed to 
secure the equipment of the com- 
pany that repaired the track in case 
it needed to leave the equipment 
there overnight. 

Williams said the temporary 
closure of the track interfered 
with NSU being able to host track 

Ruby Lewis, a senior political 

science major, was happy to hear 
that the track is now available for 
students to use. 

"I'm happy to know that the 
track is now open and am actually 
OK with it being closed due to the 
renovations," Lewis said. 

Lewis, however, disagreed with 
the stipulations that came with the 
new track. 

"I am upset with the fact that 
we can only use it during certain 
times, because most students like 
myself are either in class or at work 
during these times, so in my eyes 
the track is still closed to the pub- 
lic," Lewis said. 

Leon Johnson, head coach of 
the men's track team, said he hopes 
students will continue to use the 
track, but hopes they understand 
that the new rules are necessary in 
order to maintain the high quality 
of the track. 

"I'm all for the students using 
the track, just as long as they don't 
mind following the rules," Johnson 

Photo by David Royal /The Current Sauce 

Track coach Leon Johnson locks the gate after evening practice. 

Photo by Asya Mitchem/The Current Sauce 

Lanes four through eight of the NSU track are now open. The new hours for the public are from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 

Westside Baptist Church 
College Ministry 

"Crossing the River Campaign" 

Joshua 3:15-17 

Thursday Night Manna 

Dinner @ 6:30 p.m. 
Bible Study/Fellowship @ 7:00 p.m. 
Westside Family Life Center 

Westside is located just south of the NSU Golf Course 
on the Hwy 1 bypass 

Contemporary Worship 

Sunday Mornings @ 1 1:00 a.m. 
Sunday School @ 9:45 a.m. 

Bus Route begins September 2 1 
University Place II - 9:20, 10:35 
University Place I - 9:25, 10:40 
University Columns - 9:30, 10:45 
(Pick up in front of offices) 

Call Westside for info at 352-3249 

Mick Makamson - Student Pastor 

Come Cross the River With US! 



September 24th 

Come out and vote for: 
Mr. & Miss. NSU 
Homecoming Court 
Freshmen Class Senators 
Sophomore Class Senators 
SGA Constitutional Amendments 


Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
September 17, 2008 

Sorority celebrates 'Delta Week' with male auction 

Photo by Tiffany Thomas/The Current Sauce 

Carlos Glass-Bradley struts his stuff at Monday's male auction to 
raise money for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta 
sorority kicked off Delta Week with 
a male auction held in the Friedman 
Student Union Ballroom Monday. 

The first of many events 
planned, the auction featured 14 
young men of all ages, majors and 

The gentlemen gracefully 
made their way onto the stage and 
detailed descriptions about each of 
them were given. 

Sophomores, juniors, seniors 
and recent graduates gave the la- 
dies the opportunity to take their 
pick and financially support the 
Delta Sigma Theta sorority in the 

The oohs and ahhs commenced 
as the first young man strode down 
the aisle, bearing red roses. The bid- 
ding began at five dollars and the 
audience quickly responded. Num- 
bers were flying around mercilessly 
and the first 'sale' was made. 

The energy heightened as the 
numbers increased and the tenac- 
ity of the bidding ladies flared. 
There were eye-popping surprises 
in store such as torn T-shirts, ro- 
mantic dances and kissed palms. 

The shock pf the evening came 
when recent graduate Waylon 
Metoyer was revealed as the mys- 
tery man. 

The audience was in an up- 
roar as the ladies tried to trump 
each other's bids. Finally one young 

woman silenced the crowd with a 
S60 bid. 

After the bid, Metoyer and his 
claimer took their seats, and the 
auction continued, ending with a 
two-for-one special in the form of 
two brothers. 

A high bidder claimed the 
brothers and the auction ended 
with a good turnout and a success- 
ful collection of funds. 

In addition to raising money 
for their sorority, the sisters of Del- 
ta Sigma Theta wanted to establish 
their theme for the week. 

"This week is about the ladies," 
senior health and human perfor- 
mance major Akilah Givens, coor- 
dinator of the auction, said. "We 
wanted to get the ladies to be a little 
outgoing and try something new." 

All of the winning bidders 
seemed happy with their prizes, 
and a few of the gentlemen offered 
their take on being an 'item' in the 

"It was fun. I'm just apprecia- 
tive of the support shown by NSU 
students for the Deltas," Metoyer 

The kickoff event to Delta 
Week provided a chance for pos- 
sibly shy young ladies to come out 
in a lighthearted means of financial 
support for the sorority. 

In keeping with their theme 
this week, following the auction 
will be a workout session in the 
WRAC, a night of poetry and a 
Mary Kay spa treatment including 
facials, manicures and pedicures. 

Photo by Tiffany Thomas/The Current Sauce 

Junior psychology major Kamieon Martin woos the ladies with 
roses at Delta Sigma Theta's male auction. 

Task force seeks spirited Demon fans 

Amanda Crane 

Stall Reporter 

It's Friday morning and you 
didn't hear your alarm go off. Now 
you have just 15 minutes to get 
ready and rush out the door before 
class starts. The decision to throw 
on that NSU T-shirt could reward 
you when you walk on campus, 
making your Friday not so bad after 

In an effort to encourage school 
spirit, the department of student 
activities and organizations has 
created "Operation Purple Pride." 

The department decided to 
start up the program after hearing 
of a similar idea on another college 
campus. So many students showed 
up at school wearing the official 
colors that there was a "sea of red" 
on the campus. 

NSU's official school colors are 
purple and white, so the depart- 
ment of student activities and orga- 
nization decided to make it a sea of 

"It's not that you have to wear 
an NSU T-shirt, it's just the color 
we're looking for," administrative 
coordinator Angela Spann said. "It 
can be casual clothes or dress attire 
for our faculty and staff." 

With Operation Purple Pride 
comes the Purple Pride Task Force. 

It consists of random students 
each week who will be keeping an 
eye out for those wearing purple 
on Fridays and rewarding them 

with prizes, including candy and T- 

The task force will change each 
week so the rewards still come as a 

"The rewards are given to 
recognize those who are show- 
ing school spirit and a way to say 
thanks for doing it," Spann said. 

Some faculty and staff on cam- 
pus take it very seriously when they 
see NSU students wearing the lo- 
gos of other colleges. 

Spann said one student was 
given a Post-it note with an "N" 
written on it, along with instruc- 
tions to place it on his LSU hat. 

"If you're an LSU fan that's 
fine, but when you are on campus 
going to class or attending any on- 
campus activity we encourage you 
to wear NSU gear and show sup- 
port for your school," Spann said. 
"Obviously, LSU is the big man on 
campus when it comes to the entire 
state, but students should be proud 
to attend Northwestern and need 
to show it." 

Operation Purple Pride will be 
a year-long activity on campus and 
will continue to reward students 
who show their school spirit. 

Spann hopes that it will be- 
come a lasting tradition on campus 
and wants more organizations and 
departments to get involved. 

So next time you're running 
late for class on a Friday morn- 
ing, remember that your choice of 
clothing might be rewarding. 

Purple Pride Winners & Prizes 
Friday, 9/12 

Kayla Pitcher, student - T-shirt 

Ashante Simmons, student - T-shirt 

Frances Conine, Student Services - Stainless Coffee 


Nicky Morris, graduate student - Water Bottle 

Joseph Evans, student - T-shirt 

Margaret Kilcoyne, College of Business - T-shirt 

John Hughes, student - Golf Balis & Tees Set 

Trenton Carlton, student - Portfolio 

Fred Terasa, Friedman Student Union - Golf Towel 

Jerry Wall, College of Business - Hat 

Lindsay Maggio, student - Portfolio 

Jessica Hudspeth, Vet Tech - T-shirt 

Kymberly Taylor, student - T-shirt 

Angie McAfee, Bookstore - T-shirt 

Jessica Beniot, student - Portfolio 

Kirk Lee, Student Activities - Lunch Cooler 

Savanna Martin, student - Sweatshirt Hoodie 

Lisa Thomas, Health Services - T-shirt 

Susan Hussey, Job Location & Development - T-shirt 

Becky Barton, Counseling & Career Services - T-shirt 

Mark Daniels, student - CD case 

Lyssa Littleton, student - T-shirt 

Julie Longlois, ECE - Portfolio 

Cody Bourque, student - Coffee Mug 

Rebecca Boone, Counseling & Career Services 

- Stainless Coffee Mug 

Kelly Spann, Baseball - Water Bottle 

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The Demon Dazzlers cheer from the stands at the first home game. The Purple Pizazz Pom Line performs at NSU's game against Texas A&M-Commerce. 

Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
September 17, 2008 


Public debate looms ahead 

NSU team stays positive despite cancellation 

Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

The debate team's first tour- 
nament of the year was cancelled 
because there were not enough 
schools signed up to compete. The 
team is now looking to attend a 
tournament in Kansas on the same 

The team's president, Paul 
Shelton, will team up with Toni 
Menard, the team's vice president, 
for an upcoming public debate, cur- 
rently scheduled for Friday from 2 
to 3:30 p.m in the Cane River Room 
of the Friedman Student Union. 

The team's coach, Jon Croghan, 
and the Louisiana Scholars' College 
director, T. Davina McClain, will 
go head to head with Shelton and 
Menard. The debate's topic will be 
chosen at the tournament. 

The team is preparing for the 
year by practicing writing cases 
and holding mock debates during 

Members who participate in 
individual events work on special- 
ized cases on their own time. 

Individual events are a differ- 
ent style of debate that can be se- 
rious or satirical and encompasses 
creative forms of writing such as 
poetry, prose, dramatic readings, 
and limited preparation events. 

The teams hope to branch out 
from traditional debate and have 
more members participate in more 
individual events, Shelton, a junior 
liberal arts and political science 
major, said. 

During a tournament two 
teams are assigned a topic and have 
15 minutes to prepare a case either 
for or against an issue. 

After the time is up, teams take 
turns debating the issue, which is 
either political or ethical. 

"It's an interesting experience," 
Shelton said. 

In the past, the debate team 

Photo by Amanda Duncil/The Current Sauce 

Paul Shelton performs his side of a debate at the team's practice. Shelton and the team prepare for a debate tournament in Kansas. 

was made up of only a few mem- 
bers. The team gained more mem- 
bers this year than in previous 
years, Shelton said. 

"The biggest thing is trying to 
recruit members because it's a big 
time commitment," Shelton said. 

It does require some time 
commitment, but it serves as a nice 
break from normal studies, fresh- 
man member and liberal arts major 
Nicole McDowell said. 

"It's a lot of fun. The people 
are fun, and they make it [practice] 
very interesting," McDowell said. 

The team meets once a week, 
and there are a few tournaments 
each semester. 

New members are not required 
to have any debate experience and 
are taught the basics and proce- 
dures little by little. 

New members are given a top- 
ic and are asked to construct their 

own case in their spare time. 

"I think that writing the cases 
helps you with your writing," said 

The team plans on holding 
more public debates and a winter 
theater to get more NSU students 
involved and make them aware of. 
the debate team's endeavors, Shel- 
ton said. 

The National Parliamentary 
Debate Association named NSU's 

debate team the highest ranked 
school in Louisiana. NSU finished 
two places ahead of LSU, Shelton 


The statistics are based on the 
three tournaments the team at- 
tended last year, as opposed to the 
eight LSU's team attended. 

The debate team was reformed 
in the fall of 2005 after being dis- 
banded since 1997 and began com- 
peting in tournaments in 2006. 


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Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 
September 17, 2008 


Half the Battle: 
16- bit to 16 buttons 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

I am not an 
gamer by any 
means. I can't 
beat "Super Ma- 
rio Bros. 3" in 11 
minutes, nor do 
I own every con- 
sole that has been put out since the 

My first system was the Super 
Nintendo Entertainment System, 
known to us nerds as the SNES. 
My first game was "Donkey Kong 

DKC was a 2-D side-scroll- 
ing game and one of the industry's 
first games to use pre-rendered 3-D 

You could get a real idea of how 
ripped Donkey Kong was. 

A few years later, I made the 
switch from Nintendo to Sony 
when I received a PlayStation. 

I was a rogue amongst most of 
my friends, who all owned either a 
Nintendo 64 or a Sega Dreamcast. 

I was not disappointed in my 

Before I had gotten the PlaySta- 
tion, I had played a few role-playing 
games (RPGs), but I was too young 
to really get a grip on the plots. 

One of the few exceptions to 
this was "Super Mario RPG: Legend 
of the Seven Stars," which is one of 
the greatest games in the Mario se- 

Squaresoft (later known as 
Square-Enix) re-released a lot of 
their early SNES games. These 
games, primarily of the "Final Fan- 
tasy" series, are some of the best- 
released RPGs of all time. 

"Final Fantasy VI," a game 

whose villain, Kefka, is a clown 
whose evil is only surpassed by 
Bozo, is incredibly long for a game 
originally released on the SNES. 

After the re-release of these 
early "Final Fantasy" games came 
the most popular video game of 
the series. Featuring the god of 
early emos, Sephiroth, "Final Fan- 
tasy VII" became the quintessen- 
tial RPG of the era, and for eras to 

Following my brief time with 
the PlayStation, I was offered an 
upgrade for Christmas. 

I chose the PlayStation 2 over 
the Nintendo Gamecube and Mi- 
crosoft's break-in console, the mas- 
sive xBox. 

I was, once again, not disap- 
pointed. I was greeted Christmas 
morning with the PS2 and a game 
that, in concept, seemed like an 
idea that could only be spawned in 
a brainstorm from hell. 

"Kingdom Hearts" was an RPG 
that mixed the plot arcs Square was 
known for, and the characters of 

You no longer need drugs to 
see Goofy and Donald at your side, 
beating up Jafar. It's awesome. 

The PS2 also featured the big- 
gest innovations in the historically 
based "Dynasty Warriors" series. 

"DW" is based on the Three 
Kingdoms era of China, with a 
heavy influence from the novel 
"Romance of the Three Kingdoms." 

Featuring popular Chinese 
characters like Cao Cao, Zhuge Li- 
ang, and Liu Bei, the games proved 
to be fun hack-and-slash games. 

Then came the biggest choice 
to date: Nintendo Wii, xBox 360, or 
PlayStation 3? 

These answers and more next 

Get out and vote 

Check out 
the online 
section of our 
site to read 

comment on 

and reader 
polls, and 
sign up for 
news sent to 
you by 

All this and more at 

Cody Bourque 

SGA President 

Please do not hate me after you 
go to the polls 
on Sept. 24 for 
SGA Elections. 

Aside from 

voting for our 
fellow students 
to represent us 
on homecom- 
ing honor court and Ms. and Mr. 
NSU, the student body has 16 con- 
stitutional amendments before it. 
Meaning we may be spending an 
extra minute or two at the polls, 
but these changes put before us are 
key to having a better functioning 
student government. 

You could have had it worse 
though. After signing my name 16 
times in a row to put the amend- 
ments on the ballot, I had to go 
down to the health services for ad- 
vice on how to treat my new case of 
carpal tunnel. 

Even more essential to a better 
functioning student government 
though is for students to be in- 
formed about what the SGA Con- 
stitution outlines, along with the 
issues facing us, of course. Former 
SGA President Shayne Creppel has 
suggested on many occasions to 
include a copy of the Constitution 
in the student handbook, which 
I think would be a great idea and 

something we should pursue so 
that all students know what the 
document entails, especially since 
there can not be any changes made 
without a referendum by the stu- 

Not to mention the fact that 
every student is a member of the 
organization and should know 
what student government actually 

The amendments will be avail- 
able for students to view at the poll- 
ing site, but I did want to offer my 
opinion about a couple concerning 
my position as Student Body Presi- 

In the SGA bylaws there is a 
stipulation that states that the pres- 
ident cannot run for two consecu- 
tive terms, which leaves room for 
him or her to run for non-consecu- 
tive terms. As David Royal pointed 
out in his article last week, there 
was a bad taste left in the Senate's 
mouth for two-term presidencies, 
and they inserted the clause in the 
bylaws for, I believe, purely political 

The main reason this amend- 
ment has my support is because it 
will encourage elections along with 
allowing sitting presidents the op- 
portunity to continue their work if 
the student body believes he or she 
is doing a good job. 

I would not have supported 
this bill if it would have allowed me 

an opportunity to run for another 
term, not because I do not want it, 

- because I would like to continue 
working for my fellow classmates 

- but because I did not want any 
political fog to cloud the reasoning 
behind the amendment. 

One other amendment dealing 
with my position is better defining 
what the SGA President is respon- 
sible for. 

My title - SGA President - is 
interchangeable with Student Body 
President, and we want the Presi- 
dent's position to be more synony- 
mous with the overall leadership of 
our student body, which is kind of 
obvious when student government 
is the body for that leadership, but 
with this amendment we clearly 
define the vice president's position 
to manage the internal functions 
of SGA as an organization and the 
president to mold the direction of 
the student body. 

Do not forget to vote in home- 
coming elections and I hope to see 
you Saturday when the Demons 
face Cal Poly. It is great to have a 
nationally ranked opponent com- 
ing to Turpin after the amazing 
GSU game, and we should be out 
there to support our Demons and 
show the rest of the country that 
our football team is a force to be 
reckoned with. 

Fork 'em!!! 


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Ranking the rankings 

Eric Guidry 

Guest Columnist 

The Mountain West Confer- 
ence's (MWC) 
complete domi- 
nance over the 
Pac 10 this year 
has been baf- 
fling to say the 

The Pac 10 
is supposed to 

be one of the six "major conferenc- 
es": ACQ Big 10, Big XII, Big East, 
Pac 10 and SEC. 

The MWC is 5-0 against the 
Pac 10. Conference USA (CUSA) 
East Carolina University's beating 
an ACC and Big Ten school, along 
with the MWC's success, makes 
me believe that the New Year's Day 

bowls should not be strictly preju- 
diced on what conference each 
team plays in, but on how well its 
conference has done in non-con- 
ference games versus worthy con- 

I considered CUSA, the MWC 
and the WAC as top conferences 
because of their minor successes of 
recent years. 

I compared the major confer- 
ences and these three conferences' 
records against each other in non- 
conference games, and the results 
may change some people's minds 
about which conferences are best. 

Everyone considers the SEC as 
the dominant conference, but so far 
it has been the Big XII dominating 
out of conference play (15-3). The 
SEC is second (11-3). Surprisingly 
enough, the MWC is third (9-3). 

The ACC (4-7), Big East (3-7), Big 
Ten (6-5), and Pac 10 (8-10) have all 
shown they are better than the oth- 
er two minor conferences: CUSA 
(2-11) and WAC (3-12). 

CUSA and the WAC are not 
considered major conferences be- 
cause they are "top-heavy" confer- 
ences, which means they have only 
a few good teams. 

Every conference other than 
the SEC has its pushover schools. 
The Big XII has Iowa State. Every- 
one should be able to find a weak 
link in all the other major confer- 

So, my question: why should 
BYU, Utah, and ECU have to go un- 
defeated, be ranked in the top 12, 
and have one of the major confer- 
ence champions be ranked below 
16th to be assured a BCS bowl? 

Student warns against emulating childhood games 

Richelle Stephens 

Guest Columnist 

Call me nos- 
talgic, but I do 
not lust for mod- 
ern video games 
like some of you 

My Sega 
Genesis still 
works perfectly, and I must admit 
that I enjoy it more than the Play- 
Station 2 currently collecting dust 
in my living room. 

"Gun" was a great title for the 
PS2, of course, and I enjoyed it to 
an extent, but I spent more time 
perusing "SNK Arcade Classics 
Volume 1" than I did with the for- 

Once I discovered the 1996 
golfing masterpiece "Neo [Geo] 
Turf Masters," however, I realized 
that although today's games are in- 
deed superior in presentation and 
user interaction, there's something 
about ecrude pixels and primitive 
music that added a transcendental 
element to their games that won 
me over to the "ancients." 

Unfortunately, it's not easy to 
satiate my desires in this regard. 

Video game retailers no longer 
carry used games for outmoded 
platforms; if someone is looking 
for the Sega Genesis game "Sonic 
3D," they must forego the national 
chains for online auction sites, 
third-rate small business types or 
flea markets, and if they're lucky 
then a well-worn copy of their fa- 
vorite blue hedgehog in the splen- 
dor that 3-D affords could end up 
in their possession. 

I am typically quite patient. 
However, perusing rusty metal 
racks in smelly and dank cubby- 
holes on the corner of Stab Wound 
Terrace and Brass Knuckles Boule- 
vard was not my idea of a fun af- 
ternoon, especially when my hard- 
earned and oft- underappreciated 
money was at stake in pursuit of 
the game in question. 

I had considered devoting 
some space on the hard drive of 
my trusty Mac for what old school 
video game aficionados like to call 
an emulator. 

However, after previewing the 
experience on a friend's computer 

and reading about the issues sur- 
rounding them, I had decided to 
think otherwise. 

Let me offer this caveat before 
I go further: emulators, which are 
original computer programs writ- 
ten by those unaffiliated with the 
industry, are legal, whereas ROMs 
(Read Only Memory), which are 
codes written directly from the 
computer chip inside of the video 
game cartridge, are not (for now). 

However, it is legal to copy in- 
formation from software that you 
own for backup purposes; it would 
become illegal if you were to up- 
load the information ripped from 
the ROM onto a Web site devel- 
oped specifically for that purpose 
for others to use. 

Outside of that loophole, 
ROMs are illegal, simply put. 

Don't get me wrong, for I think 
that the whole idea is a wonderful 
way to preserve our gaming past 
when the physical remnants of it 
are quickly disappearing. 

Unfortunately, future genera- 
tions may not be able to experi- 
ence the beloved titles I played as 
a child, for arcades have gone the 

way of the Betamax videotape, and 
it's quite difficult to locate not only 
the physical titles of the games I 
once played but also the platforms 
for which they were designed. 

However, until video game 
makers decide to wise up and cater 
to the desires for nostalgia through 
more intensive "greatest hits" 
games and re-releases for modern 
systems, gamers are risking their 
stance as law-abiders by running 
ROMs through emulators. 

Not only are they illegal, but 
the quality of the ROM rips are not 

Any video on YouTube of peo- 
ple showing off their "Sonic the 
Hedgehog" ROMs without sound 
and slower gameplay can confirm 

This is a shame, of course. The 
game is amazing, naturally, but the 
aforementioned elements complet- 
ed the experience for me. 

How can someone play the 
game in question without hear- 
ing that familiar boing every time 
Sonic jumps? Now, that's simply 
not right. 

All right, men! It's time to take down these pirating punks once 
and for all! LET'S MOVE! 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
Septemberl7, 2008 

'Purple Swarm' stings black and gold 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 
Senior wide receiver Jimmy McKee celebrates after a touchdown catch from junior 
quarterback John Hundley for the first score of the game. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

Thanks in part to a goal line 
stand on the 1-yard line and a 99- 
yard touchdown drive, the NSU 
Demons were able to come out 
victoriously against the Grambling 
State Tigers, 31-19. 

The game-saving goal line 
stand came early in the fourth 
quarter. The Tigers had a first and 
goal from the Demon 5-yard line, 
and on first and second down was 
able to move it up to the 1. 

Then on third down, GSU ran 
the ball right up the middle only 
to be stopped by junior linebacker 
Blake Delcambre for no gair^Bk 

The ball was then marked at 
the Demon 1-yard line, and it was 
fourth and goal for the Tigers. 

On the ensuing play GSU 
quarterback J. P. Tillman rolled out 
to right on a play action pass and 
threw the ball to a wide open Cor- 
nelius Walker only for it to be de- 
flected by senior linebacker Mack 
Dampier and sophomore defensive 
end Ledell Love. 

After the turnover on downs 

the Demons drove the length of the 
field in a 16-play, 99-yard drive that 
ate up 9:36 off the fourth quarter 
clock. The Demons converted four 
third downs on the drive. The play 
that capped off the drive was a 17- 
yard play action pass from junior 
quarterback John Hundley to ju- 
nior tight end Gordon Freeman. 

"What a great win over a very 
good Grambling team. We made 
big play after big play on defense 
and then put together two awe- 
some drives to end the game. Our 
team showed a lot of guts to pull 
that one out, especially going 99 
yards against a very, very talented 
Grambling defense on the heels of 
an awesome goal line stand," head 
coach Scott Stoker said. 

The offense played well the en- 
tire game, scoring on their first two 
possessions of the game with a 31- 
yard touchdown pass from Hund- 
ley to senior wide, receiver Jimmy 
McKee and senior kicker Robert 
Weeks' 32-yard field goal. 

The Demons gained 327 yards 
of total offense, with the bulk of that 
coming from the ground game. 

NSU's rushing attack netted 

Photo by Gary Hardamom The Current Sauce 
Quarterback John Hundley scrambles in the Demons' 31-19 win against Grambling. 

170 yards, running backs William 
Griffin and Sterling Endsley com- 
bining for 129 yards on 25 carries. 

Hundley also had his best game 
as a Demon, completing 11 passes 
on 21 attempts for 157 yards and 
two touchdowns. He also added to 
the rushing total with 13 carriers 
for 65 yards and a touchdown. 

With his 32-yard field goal 
in the first quarter, Weeks moved 
within five made field goals of 
breaking the NSU record for most 
career field goals made. With the 
six points he scored, he moved in 

only 43 points away from breaking 
the school record for most points 
in a career. With the Tigers in the 
rear-view mirror, the Demons now 
can look forward to the Cal Poly 
Mustangs, who are ranked 11th in 
the Football Championship Sub- 
Division coaches' poll. 

"We have a lot to do. We have a 
big ball game this weekend, and we 
have a lot to do and a short week to 
do it in," Coach Stoker said. 

The Demons will host the Cal 
Poly Mustangs this Saturday at 
Turpin Stadium at 6 p.m. 

Rollercoaster season hits loop 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Demon soccer squad re- 
turned home last Tuesday after a 
three-game road trip, hosting the 
University of Arkansas at Little 

NSU came into the game 1-3, 
hoping to end a three-game losing 

UALR's Kristen Semko scored 
her first goal of the season, giving 
the Lady Trojans an early 1-0 lead. 

Only 56 seconds later, Rachel 
O'Steen netted her first goal of the 
season, tying the game at 1. 

After a very physical first half, 
NSU fell behind 3-1 in the second 
half, with only 20 minutes remain- 

"That was a really good team 
we faced tonight," NSU head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell told Sports Infor- 
mation. "They are extremely fast 
and very well-coached." 

Lacie Hughes assisted Rachel 
O'Steen's second goal, bringing the 
Demons within one. Kacie Shultz 
scored the game-tying goal six 
minutes later, to finish NSU's late 

Mitchell said the chances to 
win were there, and he was proud 
of the way his team competed and 
found themselves in a position to 
win the game. 

The game ended in a 3-3 tie in 
double overtime, moving NSU to 
1-3-1 and UALR to 2-4-1. 

The ladies in purple and white 
traveled to Grambling last Friday, 
attempting to end a four-game win- 
less streak. 

Haley Cheshier gave the De- 
mons an early 1-0 lead 10 minutes 
in with her first goal of the year, as- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Rachel O'Steen fights for possession against two UALR players. 

sisted by Kayla King. 

Nine minutes later, Kayce 
Schultz pushed the Demons to a 
2-0 lead with King earning her sec- 
ond assist of the game. 

"We got the two quick goals, 
and i thought we were going to put 
them away, but we kind of stalled 
and let them back into it," Mitchell 
told Sports Information. 

Ashley Baker scored the lone 
goal for Grambling with 12 min- 
utes to play. 

The win snapped a four-game 
winless streak for the Demons go- 
ing into a big game against the Big 
12's Texas Tech. 

The Demons dropped its fourth 
match of the season, after a 5-1 loss 
in Lubbock. Maddy Hall scored the 
only goal for the Demons off an as- 
sist from Sarah Sadler. 

Her goal came in the 43rd min- 
ute of the game. NSU falls to^f- 1 
on the year. The Demons will return 
home to face Centenary at 7 p.m. 

BS'ing with the Bull: Loyalty replaced 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The rare Sunday game held at 
Turpin Stadium really surprised 
me. The final total attendance was 
8,752, which is just over half of the 
15,971 the stadium can hold at full 
capacity. Now, for me, this is the 
biggest crowd at Turpin I have ever 

The thing that really got me 
was the fact that, while yes, there 
were some GSU fans, there were 
way more NSU fans there than 
anything. I honestly thought there 
would be at best 3,000 people there 
because of the hurricane. 
I thought the crowd would have 
comprised mostly GSU fans, but 
the NSU faithful really shocked me. 
For that, I applaud you. 

I know last week with my col- 
umn I may have upset a few people 
by saying "how dare we." Well, I 

don't want to retract those state- 
ments made last week, because I 
meant every word. 

But what I do want to do is 
congratulate everyone for show- 
ing up to the game regardless of the 
fact that the Grambling State band 
was nowhere even close to the state 
of Louisiana or that NSU's band 
was only at half mast. 

I would have understood if 
people didn't show up for the game 
because it was moved from 6 p.m. 
Saturday to 2 p.m. Saturday and 
then moved 24 hours later. I would 
have understood if people didn't 
show up because of the hurricane. 

Now, if you didn't come be- 
cause the GSU band wasn't there, 
well then shame on you, and I'm 
talking to everyone else. As for the 
aforementioned reasons, I would 
have been OK with any of them. 

To my surprise, I was absolute- 
ly wrong, and in this case I'm re- 

ally glad that I was. The only thing 
I have to ask for from here on out 
is that we can duplicate this with 
even greater numbers in the com- 
ing weeks. We need to be out in 
full purple-and-white force for our 
football team. 

It would be a huge boost for 
the team to run out of the purple 
smoke and see a packed house. 
So, again, I just want to say that I 
am proud of the NSU nation that 
showed up for the football game 
even with a bunch of reasons not 
to. As for those of you who didn't, 
it's OK. 

I'll let you make it up to me by 
cheering on our boys this Saturday 
against Cal Poly. You have no rea- 
son to complain - if you bought 
your ticket for the GSU game, it 
will work for the next home game. 
So, for the last time from me, just a 
reporter for this newspaper, thank 
you for proving me wrong. 


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Jindal stresses LA education 

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Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses a group of Louisiana superintendents on Monday. 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

Gov. Bobby Jindal visited 
Natchitoches Monday as part of a 
parish- to- parish tour of the state 
to inspect damage caused by Hur- 
ricanes Gustav and ike. 

Jindal took the opportunity to 
speak at a superintendent retreat 
Monday afternoon while in Natchi- 

As Jindal walked to the podi- 
um to speak, the superintendents 
in the audience rose to their feet. 

Jindal began his speech by 

thanking the superintendents and 
their school systems for "stepping 
up to the plate" during Hurricane* 
Gustav and Ike. 

The governor highlighted the 
hard work school officials put in 
during the two recent hurricanes 
- from supplying school buses and 
drivers to cooking for and housing 
evacuees in school buildings. 

Jindal also commended the 
superintendents for trying to get 
schools back to normal operations 
as soon as possible, and he spoke of 
those across the state who are ready 
to rebuild and keep on going. 

"It's amazing, the resilience 
and determination of our people," 
Jindal said. 

In his speech, Jindal also em- 
phasized how important public ed- 
ucation is to him, which resonated 
with Natchitoches Parish superin- 
tendent Wanda Murphy because 
she feels the same way. 

Murphy said she has been in 
different levels of public educa- 
tion for many years and has seen 
that education is important for the 
community and economic develop- 

Jindal explained that his real- 

ization of the importance of school 
comes from his father, who was the 
first person in his family to get to 
fifth grade. 

"The reason I'm so passionate 
about [public education], I learned 
it at home," Jindal said. 

The governor left the group 
of superintendents with two sug- 
gested topics. He said the state 
needs to work on its accountability 
system for public education, which 
rewards or punishes institutions 
based on standardized test scores. 

Although it is good to measure 
results, he said it is important to 
know at what level students started 
the year. 

Jindal said he wants to make 
sure the state is rewarding and fo- 
cusing on systems with students 
who are improving. 

"Our goal's got to be excellence 
for every child," Jindal said. 

The second suggestion Jindal 
gave was to encourage students in 
Louisiana to continue their educa- 
tion, which is not limited to just 
four-year universities. Students can 
also continue learning at technical 
colleges and become members of a 
a skilled work force. 

It is not just important that 
students continue their education 
but also that they continue their 
studies in Louisiana. The governor 
said many students in Louisiana are 
moving to other states for higher 
education or for employment, so 
Jindal wants to find ways to encour- 
age them to stay. 

Past Louisiana governors have 
considered closing down smaller 
universities such as NSU, but Jindal 
said he absolutely has no such 

As a former University of Loui- 
siana System president, Jindal vsaid 
he knows that even the small uni- 
versities play a great role in educat- 
ing students in the state. . 

He said that these universities 
should focus on being specialized 
rather than focusing on their size. 

"Too long [small universities] 

have been driven to be the biggest 
instead of the best," Jindal said. 

One way to keep students in 
Louisiana after high school is with 
dual enrollment programs, which 
allow high school students to gain 
college credit earlier than their 
peers, Jindal said. 

The earlier students begin their 
higher education, the more likely 
they are to continue and finish a 
degree, Jindal said. 

These programs also keep stu- 
dents rooted in Louisiana when 
they have begun a program at an 
in-state institution. 

Wanda Murphy agreed with 
Jindal about the importance of 
keeping young people in Louisi- 

"I have children and grand- 
children, and I want to keep them 
here," Murphy said. 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

Jindal speaks about the recent 
hurricanes and the importance 
of education at a Louisiana 
superintendent retreat at the 
Natchitoches Events Center. 

SAB back to basics with budget 

David Royal 

News Editor 

After becoming the Director of 
Student Activities this year, Yonna 
Pasch stepped down from being 
the Student Activities Board's ad- 
viser. Pasch was the SAB adviser for 
more than four years. 

This semester, Kirk Lee joined 
the NSU staff to replace two of the 
positions that were held by Pasch 
- Assistant Director of Student Ac- 
tivities and SAB's adviser. 

Lee, who was once a student at 
NSU, has spent the last two years 
as the student life adviser for the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science 
and the Arts. 

Although he said this is the 
first time he has been an adviser for 
an organization like SAB, Lee said 
he believes the experience he has 
gained with his position at LSMSA 
can be used to overcome the ob- 
stacles he will meet. 

Lee's optimism is reflected by 
members of the SAB, including 
president Roderick Wilson. Wilson 
said that he believes Lee has done a 
great job thus far. 

"He has a real hands-on ap- 
proach and is able to provide SAB 
with concrete ideas," Wilson said. 

Both Lee and Wilson agree 
that the largest problem members 
of SAB have had to face is trying to 
manage a tight budget. 

Lee said that the SAB has about 
$88,000 to work with for the entire 
academic year, compared to the al- 
ready limited $100,000 budget of 
last year. 

Although this figure may 

sound like a lot of money to a col- 
lege student, Lee said that having 
only $88,000 to pay the costs for 
all of the SAB's events and scholar- 
ships is not an ideal situation. 

Wilson said, now more than 
ever, members of the SAB are hav- 
ing to take extra measures to en- 
sure that the organization is spend- 
ing its money wisely. 

Wilson explained that mem- 
bers are looking at three univer- 
sities each across the nation to 
compare and contrast how other 
student social organizations use 
their funding. Some of the schools 
being observed include the Univer- 
sity of Central Florida, University 
of North Carolina, and Louisiana 
State University. 

Lee added that members of 
SAB have had to reevaluate their 
goals for the year so that they could 
take advantage of every dollar they 
do have. 

For example, once they had 
assessed their goals and costs over 
the summer, members of the SAB 
found it necessary to scale back on 
their movie nights. 

Last year, the SAB spent a large 
portion of its budget on providing 
numerous student movie nights 
that featured films like "Spiderman 
3" and "Dan In Real Life." 

Lee explained, however, that 
the response from the student body 
last year did not make up for the 

This semester, members of the 
SAB hope to overcome the chal- 
lenges that come along with new 
leadership and limited funding, 
while also providing students with 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

SAB President Roderick Wilson addresses the members of his organization in their weekly board 
meeting. Wilson stresses the importance of being prepared for the upcoming events. 

enjoyable social events. 

"While planning for the up- 
coming year, we decided that we 
have to get back to the basics," Lee 

One event planned for this se- 
mester that reflects this mentality is 
Cafe du Demon, which is planned 
for this Thursday. 

Lee said Cafe du Demon is 
special because it is a social event 
that will create a coffeehouse-like 
atmosphere in the Friedman Stu- 
dent Union that students can enjoy, 
but will not necessarily take away 
much from their budget. 

Additionally, Lee said the SAB 
will be looking to bring more lo- 

cal musical acts to perform, rather 
than huge stars. 

Because they have focused 
such a great deal of time on ways 
to not waste money, Lee said the 
SAB will still be able to throw some 
large-scale events, like last year's 
"The Price is Right" event. 

This semester, Lee said the 
SAB is dedicating a bulk of its time 
and money for "Vegas Night." The 
event is planned to be held Nov. 
4 and will allow students to play a 
plethora of classic casino games. 

Also, Lee said the SAB has a 
great deal of activities planned for 
Homecoming Week. 

One event planned for the 

week is "Spirit Lane," which will al- 
low students to have their vehicles 
decorated by the SAB. 

The organization will also show 
"The Dark Knight" during Movie 
Night and host a lip sync competi- 

Wilson admitted that the bud- 
get has been difficult to work with, 
but added that the guidance of Lee 
and the work the SAB members 
have put in have created an opti- 
mistic atmosphere within the SAB 

"Things were kind of looking 
bad during the summer, but now it 
looks like we will have an awesome 
year," Wilson said. 


David Royal 
News Editor 
September 24, 2008 

Collaboration initiates exchange program 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

NSU welcomed French of- 
ficials to its campus as part of an 
eight- university tour this week. 

The University of Louisiana 
System and the Pole Universitaire 
Leonard de Vinci (PULV) in France 
signed an agreement Thursday that 
allows students from either system 
to study abroad in the other. 

Brad O'Hara, provost and vice 
president of academic affairs for 
the University of Louisiana System, 
said the visits to the eight univer- 
sities in the ULS are important be- 
cause it gives the French officials 
an appreciation of the richness of 

The Pole Universitaire Leon- 
ard de Vinci comprises three major 
schools - management, engineer- 
ing and multimedia - that are lo- 
cated in Paris, France. 

The idea for the schools and 
their construction began in 1992, 
and they opened their doors to 
students in 1995. All three schools 
have been accredited since 2007. 

PULV assistant general man- 

ager Phillippe Dubost said the 
schools serve about 4,500 students 
total, with about 40 percent who 
study abroad at some point during 
their five-year course. 

Dubost and his fellow col- 
leagues want to increase that per- 
centage to 100, which is where this 
partnership comes in. 

This is not the first partnership 
for the Paris school system, though. 
It is its 52nd, all of which span 24 
countries, which is important to 
PULV officials. 

"We are in a global world, and 
in a globalized world [we] have to 
ensure partnerships," Dubost said. 

These partnerships allow stu- 
dents to gain cultural experiences 
as well as practical training, which 
Dubost said is part of the school's 
philosophy because practical train- 
ing is important in finding jobs for 
his students after graduation. 

As a cultural exchange pro- 
gram, students who study abroad 
still pay tuition at the home institu- 
tion rather than paying the interna- 
tional rate. 

The PULV program is primari- 
ly focused on business, and Dubost 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci school official Michel Berna- 
dou discusses an engineering program in Paris. 

emphasized the need for inter- 
national relations in the business 

"If you don't share and devel- 
op partnerships, if you don't share 
culture, if you don't share faculty 
members, you're dead," Dubost 

However, partnerships can 
prevent this professional "death." 

"It boils down to fostering good 
relationships," Brad O'Hara said. 

Joining Dubost on this tour 
of the University of Louisiana Sys- 
tem schools were Michel Berna- 
dou, former head of the school of 
engineering, Marie Gridel, head of 
international relations, and Mark 
Louis Uhrich, associate professor in 
the School of Management. 

As part of their visit, the French 
officials gave a presentation about 
PULV for NSU faculty members. 

"We consider it very important 
for our students to have interna- 
tional experiences," Bernadou said 
in his presentation. 

This opportunity is not re- 
served only for students. Teachers 
can travel to Paris to teach at PULV, 
and the home institution pays as if 
the teachers were still teaching at 

The only expenses for teachers 
and students who study abroad in 
this partnership are living expens- 

The idea for the partnership 
began in May when Dubost and 
other officials displayed a PULV 
booth at a National Association of 
Foreign Student Advisers confer- 

Dubost said the booth was 
merely "10 meters away" from that 
of the ULS. 

Once Dubost met the ULS offi- 
cials, he said he saw a "real need on 
both sides" for a cultural exchange 
partnership, which has now come 
to fruition. 

Louisiana's French background 
also may have played a role in 
catching Dubost's attention. 

"The French Louisiana culture 
is underlying," O'Hara said. 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

Philippe Dubost, associate general manager of Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci, leads the dele- 
gation of Paris school officials who visited all eight schools in the University of Louisiana System. 

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Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

NSU is making strides to save 
the world - or at least the campus 
- by joining the ranks of the eco- 

Service learning coordinator 
Steve Gruesbeck is heading the 
committee to turn NSU green. 
University President Randall Webb 
said the committee is exploring the 
possibilities of involving faculty, 
staff and students. That's where 
Homecoming Week comes in. 

Gruesbeck said the service 
learning committee is still planning 
the events for Service Day, which 
is scheduled for Oct. 22 as part of 
Homecoming Week, and the theme 
of the day is "Go Purple, Go White, 
Go Green." 

The committee is trying to in- 
corporate a "green" theme into all 
of Service Day's events, Gruesbeck 

NSU is also partnering with 
the City of Natchitoches in a "Keep 
America Beautiful" competition 
for small or medium-sized cities. 
The contest involves collecting 
aluminum cans during the month 
of October, and the town that col- 
lects the most cans wins $5,000 to 
put toward a town-wide recycling 

Gruesbeck said the contest is 
just one example of a service that 
will be planned as part of NSU's "go 
green" initiative, which has a ser- 
vice learning component. 

Webb said it is important to 
note that NSU is taking the lead in 
service learning with this initiative 
compared to other schools. 

"Why is it important for NSU 
to go green? Well, it makes sense to 
look toward our future," Gruesbeck 

He said it is important to teach 
students how to protect the envi- 
ronment and save energy. 

Energy conservation, one way 
to go green, is about sustainability 
- making what we have last longer, 
Webb said. 

Many of the active components 
of this initiative are waiting on a re- 
quest for proposals for an energy 
conservation contract, which is 
still under review. This request asks 
companies to send in contracts that 
would advise the university on how 
to save energy on campus. 

Once NSU's legal group 
chooses and reviews a contract, the 
university can start making some 
changes around campus, like trad- 
ing in the current light bulbs for 
more energy-efficient bulbs. 

Although these changes may 
seem expensive at first, the univer- 
sity wants to effect energy savings, 
which would save money in the 
long run, Webb said. 

Money for these changes 
could come from the Northwest- 
ern Enrichment Fund, which has 

some money set aside for "green" 
research, and if someone writes a 
grant containing service learning 
it will have priority over others, 
Gruesbeck said. 

However, the RFP process is 
a slow one, Webb said. Gruesbeck 
said the RFP is central to the "go 
green" initiative but not the only 
part. He said the behavior on part 
of the staff, faculty and students is 
equally as important. 

Although not much can be 
done until the RFP is reviewed, 
Webb said the university is still 
making special efforts to be more 

One such effort involves clean- 
ing the campus. Gruesbeck said 
Red River Sanitors has switched to 
"greener" cleaning products with 
fewer harsh chemicals. 

The NSU Print Shop is using 
more environmentally friendly sup- 
plies, such as paper, ink and toner, 
Gruesbeck said. 

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He also said the grounds' crew 
is exploring the feasibility of using 
greener products as well. 

"Our intention is not to force 
anyone to do anything," Webb said. 
"I hope it forces them to think." 

The going green process began 
over the summer when Gruesbeck 
set out to find out what "green" 
meant to NSU faculty, staff and stu- 
dents. He spoke to about 45 people 
and divided their answers into 11 
components, several of which have 
to do with the campus or student 
behavior, he said. 

"My hope is to get communi- 
cation between students, faculty 
and staff groups," Gruesbeck said. 

Gruesbeck's side of the initia- 
tive is student oriented, and Webb 
has been happy with Gruesbeck's 
performance so far. 

"I think he has done a marvel- 
ous job [at incorporating the green 
initiative into service learning]," 
Webb said. 

Courtesy of Steve Gruesbeck 

Steve Gruesbeck divided the NSU green intiative into 11 categories based on answers he received to the question, "What does 'green' mean to you?" 

New scholarship breaks record 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

NSU students will soon have 
the opportunity to apply for a 
$10,000 scholarship aimed toward 
students affiliated with the mili- 
tary who are majoring in scientific 

Students with military experi- 
ence - or students who have spous- 
es or parents in the military - may 

Sherry Baumgardner estab- 
lished the scholarship with a dona- 
tion and pledge to the NSU Foun- 
dation in memory of her husband, 
Ray K. Baumgardner. 

Although she said she is not 
yet sure how soon all of the schol- 
arship's details will be finalized, 

Sherry Baumgardner said this 
scholarship will go down in history 
as the largest ever offered by NSU. 

The scholarship is a four-year 
scholarship requiring annual reap- 

Ray K. Baumgardner, former 
head of the department of bio- 
logical sciences, served as a faculty 
member at NSU from 1965 until 
his retirement in 1996. 

In addition to being a depart- 
ment head, he acted as registrar, 
dean and provost of NSU's Fort 
Polk campus and assistant to the 
vice president of academic affairs. 

During his years of service, the 
Fort Polk campus witnessed many 
advancements. It wasn't until 1994 
that Baumgardner returned to the 
Natchitoches campus. 

After his death in 1996, Baum- 
gardner's wife Sherry wanted to do 
something to honor her husband 
and the university she described as 
his life. 

Not only that, she desired to 
honor his respect and admira- 
tion for the military - he attended 
school on the GI bill. 

Other criteria and regula- 
tions regarding application for the 
scholarship include an apparent 
financial need and a 2.5 GPA, said 
Jill Bankston, Assistant Director of 
NSU Alumni and Development. 

Many remember Baumgardner 
as a great instructor and involved 
faculty member. 

"I think he would have felt 
it [the scholarship] was the right 
thing," said his wife Sherry. 

Courtesy Photo 

Former biological sciences department head Ray Baumgardner. 


Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
September 24, 2008 

RSO emphasizes equality, 
discourages discrimination 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Lambda, a Gay-Straight Alli- 
ance and recognized student or- 
ganization at NSU, encourages 
students to seek comradeship and 
acceptance. Lambda welcomes 
people of all sexual orientations, 
and membership is not reserved 
only for gay, lesbian, bisexual and 
transgender students. 

Lambda president Larrie King 
Jr., a graduate student working to- 
ward his master's in graphic design, 
said the group wants to make a 
statement on campus this semes- 

"We're still a new organization 
and we're trying to figure out how 
to do the things that we want "to 
do on campus, but basically, we'd 
like to try and raise awareness and 
tolerance for the Gay, Lesbian, Bi- 
sexual, Transgender community, as 
well as other groups of people that 
receive a lot of negativity in general 
from other students," King said. 

King plans to host movie 
nights every month for the rest of 
the semester. This month's movie, 
"Dorian Blues," attracted about a 
dozen students to the Varnado lob- 
by Thursday night. 

The group attempts to re- 
duce homophobia, inequality, hate 
crimes and discrimination against 
the GBLT community, which 
Lambda parliamentarian Tim Gat- 
tie said includes additional groups, 
such as transsexuals and people 
who are questioning their sexual- 

Gattie, a senior English major, 
explained that in Lambda, it doesn't 
matter whether a member is gay or 
straight - they don't even ask. As 
Gattie put it, "Everyone's a human 


Gattie also pointed out that 
Lambda's message does not focus 
only on GLBT rights. 

"It is about being individuals 
and recognizing that we all come 
from different kinds of aspects," 
Gattie said. "My coming out story 
is unique, as is anybody's. And, you 
know, even a straight person's com- 
ing out story - they really don't 
think that thev have one, but thev 

The straight community is an 
important part of the organization 
as well. "Straight allies" - hetero- 
sexual people who support GLBT 
equality - lend a unique perspec- 
tive and voice to Lambda and simi- 
lar organizations, according to the 
Lambda Web site. 

Lambda's NSU chapter will 
host several events throughout the 
year, including the annual Day of 
Silence during the spring semester, 
King said. 

"We don't speak for a day in 
order to represent those who don't 
have a voice in their community or 
in their nation, and that's everyone 
from the GLBT community to bat- 
tered women, abused children, ev- 
erybody like that. And it's a really 
powerful day, I think, and it's really 
symbolic of the changes we'd like to 
make," King said. 

The taciturn participants carry 
cards with them during the day as 
an explanation for those unfamil- 
iar with the event. King said some 
members make exceptions during 
class, but that it's the message that 

Another important event for 
Lambda is National Coming Out 
Day, scheduled for Oct. 11. 
A few years ago, National Com- 
ing Out Day proved that there is 
still tension between members 
of Lambda and some students at 

The first time Lambda attempt- 
ed to raise awareness for National 
Coming Out Day on campus, one 
of the officers created a large poster 
and put it up in the Friedman Stu- 
dent Union. 

The organization left pencils 
near the poster and encouraged 
students to write their own short 
stories and advice for people who 
were considering coming out. 

By the next day, people had 

scribbled quotations from the Bible 
on the banner, followed by "God 
hates fags" and other hateful com- 
ments, Gattie said. 

Gattie said he personally found 
the comments amusing instead of 
offensive. Still, such intolerance is 
precisely what Lambda members 
aim to change. 

"It's that kind of thing that we 
hope to stop," Gattie said. 

King, the organization's presi- 
dent, noted that National Coming 
Out Day is an event for which the 
Gay-Straight Alliance tries to cre- 
ate a comfortable environment for 
members to express themselves if 
they feel motivated to speak out 
- and come out. 

"Lambda tries to create a safe 
place for people to do that where 
they won't be ridiculed and so that 
they can see the people who have 
done it before them," Gattie said. 

Gattie came out to select 
friends in his freshman year of high 
school, then moved to New York. 
When Gattie came out to his family 
a few years later, he said his parents 
weren't surprised. 

"I was wearing at least three or 
four rainbows a day. It was kind of 
obvious," Gattie said. 

The rainbow has become a 
widely recognized gay pride sym- 
bol, and it is actually incorporated 
into one of the Lambda association's 
flags. The flag depicts a rainbow, a 
pink triangle and the Greek letter 
in an arrangement that echoes the 
American flag. The Gay Activists 
Alliance of New York adopted the 
lambda as a symbol in 1970, ac- 
cording to the Lambda Web site. 

There are several theories 
about the reasoning behind the 
rainbow as a symbol of the GBLT 
community, but Gattie summed up 
his favorite explanation. 

"The one that works for me is 
the idea that the rainbow shows all 
the different colors, and it shows all 
of the different colors in society- 
just like all the different sexualities 
that we have, but then, it doesn't 
try to merge them or push them 
into one form, but it recognizes 
each and every one of them," Gattie 

The NSU Lambda association 
holds meetings every Thursdays in 
room 221 in the Student Union. 

Highlighting... Hispanic 
Afternoon Jam session 

Courtesy Photo 

Senior psychology major Bryant Weldon's father and brother survey Hurricane Ike's damage to 
their Lake Charles home and neighborhood. 

Ike strikes 

Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

The traumatic effects of Hur- 
ricane Ike lingered long after the 
storm left. For some Northwestern 
State students, though, it hit right 
at home. 

Like other students, senior 
sociology major Jasper Edwards 
ended up hosting his family here 
in Natchitoches. Hurricane Ike 
destroyed the roof of his family's 
Opelousas home and caused water 
to flood the house. 

"I couldn't concentrate or 
study, and the power went out," Ed- 
wards said. 

Edwards, though, was one of 
the few students who were able 
to be with their families during 
the storm. Many others were left 
to worry about everyone back 
home and hope for the best. Some 
even had to return home after the 

Hurricanes are nothing new 
to senior psychology major Bry- 
ant Weldon and his family. As 
Hurricane Rita approached the 
Louisiana coast in 2005, his family 
hastily packed up everything they 
could before evacuating from Lake 
Charles to a grandparent's house in 
Pitkin, La., where they also had no 

Weldon spent only a few days 
in Pitkin because he had to return 
to NSU for classes. His family, 
however, came back to a destroyed 
home in Lake Charles a week after 
the storm. 

Weldon said an entire section 
of shingles was torn off the roof by 
wind, letting rain in to flood their 
attic and insulation. The sagging 
ceilings were covered with mold in 
each room, Weldon said. 

The damage displaced Wel- 
don's family to a rent house in Lake 
Charles for a year after Rita, but the 
house he grew up in wasn't "back to 
normal" for another six months, he 

lust a year and a half after they 
completed their home construc- 
tion, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike 
made landfall. Weldon's family 
evacuated for Gustav, but the storm 
seemed to miss Lake Charles. 

"The hurricane we evacuated 
for caused no damage," Weldon 

His family decided to stay and 
ride out Ike, and the storm rivaled 
Rita in damage to their home. Al- 
though Ike caused no wind dam- 
age like Rita, it caused flooding. 
Weldon said his family's home had 
about four or five inches of water 
inside, which destroyed the floor- 
ing and walls. His family is now 
staying at his grandmother's home. 

Other students endured dam- 
age from Hurricane Ike as well. 

Dewon Guillory, a freshman 
journalism major, said a tree fell 
on his house, a piece of his roof 
flew off and some of his neighbor's 
property blew into his yard. 

Hurricane Ike - and Hurricane 
Gustav - definitely affected Guillo- 
ry's studies because his schoolwork 
got backed up and doubled. 

After Hurricane Ike, Leanard 
Powell, a sophomore business ma- 
jor returned home to check on his 
family because Ike had damaged 
their house in Houston. Parts of 
the roof were gone, the house had 
flooded and the power was out. 

"Some of my family can't stay 
in their house," Powell said. 

Other Northwestern State stu- 
dents remained at school and con- 
tacted those in their home cities. 

Tyler Maxey, a psychology and 
vocal performance double major 
stayed in constant contact with his 
family via text messaging, which 
relieved him of all worries. 

At their home in Fred, Texas 
right outside of Beaumont, a tree 
fell on the porch, but Maxey said 
the damage was "just structural." 

"It's fixable," Maxey said. 

Somer Farhat, an early child- 
hood education major, worried 
frantically about her family in Sul- 
phur, La. 

Although her family was not 
directly affected by the hurricane, 
they still took precautionary steps 
in order to avoid any misfortunes 
that might have occurred during 
this dangerous time. Her siblings, 
on the other hand, decided to walk 
around outside as the hurricane 
took place. 

"I was scared, and I began to 
eat more," Farhat said. 

Like many students' homes, 
Weldon's home may take months to 
repair. This destruction to his house 
brought back memories of Rita for 
Weldon, who had to spend most of 
his time home cleaning, working 
and fixing the roof with his family. 

"I was just hoping we didn't 
have to do all that again," Weldon 

Weldon said it was hard to be 
in Natchitoches and away from his 
family during the three hurricanes 
because he was worried about how 
much work his family would have 
to put into fixing their house each 

Weldon said the worst part of 
the most recent hurricane damage, 
though, was the loss of a place to 
sleep when he goes home for the 

"I lost my bed," Weldon said. 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

The Office of Cultural Diversity and the Spanish Club host the Hispanic Afternoon Jam in the 
Friedman Student Union Tuesday in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Courtesy Photo 

The street in front of Weldon's house is completely underwater after Hurricane Ike, leaving Wel- 
don and his neighbors with flooded homes and much to repair. 


Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
September 24, 2008 


Singing praises 

Gospel choir warms up for fall semester 

Photo by Amanda Crane/The Current Sauce 

Members of the Lifted Voices Gospel Choir practice every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the 
Wesley Campus Ministries building next to Magee's on University Parkway. 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

"Singing for God is off the 
chain," David Sylvester, a junior 
secondary education major, said as 
he introduced himself. With those 
words, the spirit of the Lifted Voic- 
es Gospel Choir came alive Thurs- 
day night at its first informational 
meeting of the semester. 

The choir was founded in the 
spring of 1992 as the NSU Inspira- 
tional Mass Choir. Since then, the 
voices of students have provided 
inspiration to those on campus 
and in the community. Joining the 
choir has been a life-changing de- 
cision for Tiffany Frazier, a senior 
psychology major. 

"I joined Lifted Voices because 
1 love to sing, and most of all, I love 
Jesus Christ," Frazier said. 

Frazier now serves as president 
of the Lifted Voices choir. 

"The first time I attended re- 
hearsal I fell in love with the people, 
and I have grown closer to the Lord 
just by being part of this organiza- 
tion," Frazier said. 

Members of the executive 
board include Henry Kirts, vice 
president; Angelisa Watson, secre- 
tary and chaplain; Ebony Wilridge, 
parliamentarian and chaplain; An- 
drea Martin, director; and David 
Sylvester, musician. 

Participants of the choir agree 

that Lifted Voices is different from 
other choirs on campus, and they 
feel most comfortable in the envi- 
ronment it involves. 

"When I came to NSU, I 
thought the other choirs would be 
for me until I found Lifted Voices," 
senior business administration ma- 
jor Candice Ratliff said. "I've never 
felt unwelcome by anyone in this 
group, and we've all become very 
close friends." 

Although singing is the main 
talent of the group, it is not the 
only activity the choir participates 
in. The members tailgate at home 
football games and set up fund- 
raisers. Their performances typi- 
cally take place on the weekends 
in churches, high schools and col- 
leges. They also perform during 
the fall and spring semester on the 
NSU campus. 

Lifted Voices rehearses every 
Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in 
the Wesley Campus Ministries fa- 
cility next to Magee's. Current NSU 
students and alumni are eligible to 
join Lifted Voices. Sylvester en- 
courages interested students to at- 
tend, despite any negative thoughts 
about personal singing ability. 

"It doesn't matter if you can 
sing. Come worship with us any- 
ways," Sylvester said. "If you want 
to be spiritually fed and make life- 
time friends, then this is the place 
for you." 

Check out for a video of the Lifted Voices Gospel 

Choir, on-campus event slideshows and other online exciusives. We 
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Half the Battle: Wii would like to play 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

I sure hope 
I didn't bore you 
to death last 
week. We've still 
got a part two. 

Last week 
was all about the 

past. We discussed the wonderful 
era of the NES, PlayStation, and 

Now, there are three major 
consoles vying for market domi- 
nance today. 

The first is the xBox 360. The 
first "next generation" console to 
hit the market, the 360 had the size 
of its predecessor and the software 
to carry on the legacy. 

It did offer HD-DVD capabil- 
ity, though eventually Sony's Blu- 
Ray technology won that race. 

The 360 came complete with 
continuations of popular Microsoft 
series, most notably Halo 3. 

Halo 3, though shorter than 
Halo 1 and 2, provided the same 
awesome gameplay and same plot 
depth the other two games had. 
Like I said, it seemed shorter than 
the other two, but kicking the 
Flood's ass was definitely a high 
point in Master Chief's adventure. 

The release of the PlayStation 3 
was wonderful news for Sony fan- 
boys, though I found it a little de- 
pressing. The system had virtually 
no games that belonged solely to 

If you weren't a hardcore Sony 

fan, you could have gotten a 360 
cheaper and gotten the most popu- 
lar games, including Guitar Hero 
and Rock Band. 

The final system, the Nintendo 
Wii, was my personal choice. 

The Wii sacrificed the graphics 
upgrades the 360 and PS3 went for, 
and worked for improving the al- 
ready classic franchises, like Zelda 
and Mario. 

Controller accessories are 
nothing new to Nintendo, but they 
certainly went for the motherload 
with the different controllers avail- 
able for the Wii. 

You can choose from the Wii 
Remote, Nunchuck, Mario Kart 
wheel, Wii Fit pad, Blaster, Classic 
controller, and the various sports 
adapters, like a tennis racket and 
golf club. 

The 360 and the Wii provide 
software downloads from their on- 
line networks that allow you to play 
older games no longer sold in most 
game stores. 

If you're interested in a big 
hard drive and Blu-Ray capability, 
then shoot for the PlayStation 3. 

For quality graphics, awesome 
modern game series, and the best 
online play, your best bet is the 
xBox 360. 

If you want superior and qual- 
ity control, more interactive play, 
and the classic franchises the in- 
dustry was built on, you want the 

If you aren't interested in any 
of this, you probably think I should 
go outside. 

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McCain: Veteran and American hero 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

Wow, I can't 
believe the 2008 
presidential elec- 
tion is almost 
here. This is my 
first year to vote, 
and it couldn't be 
a better one. 

As a pro-life 
conservative, I want to take this 
time to tell you one of the reasons I 
am voting for John McCain as pres- 

In the weeks to come, I will give 
you facts and information about 
John McCain and his experiences. 

This week, however, I want to 
talk about the man's military life. 

It is hard to find where to be- 
gin, in talking about the years that 
were a challenge for McCain. John 
McCain is a third generation Navy 
veteran as well as a prisoner of 

Senator McCain was in North 
Vietnam captivity for more than 
five years, spending some of that 
time in solitary confinement, ac- 
cording to Robert Timberg's book, 
"An American Odyssey." 

During this time, he was beat- 
en, tortured and treated worse than 
those who have never endured such 
torture can even fathom. 

When McCain had been in the 
"Hanoi Hilton" for some time, he 
was given an offer to return home. 

His father was an admiral in the 
Navy and since the head officers in 
Hanoi knew this, they offered him 
an opportunity to return home. 

He declined, refusing to break 
the code of conduct, which states 
that soldiers must return home in 
the order that they were captured. 

He could have come back and 
rested in the comfort of his own 
home and his free country, but he 

I don't know how much more 
character you could want from a 

This is an extremely short ver- 
sion of McCain's years in captivity. 
It is an amazing story that leaves 
you with an appreciation for all of 
our soldiers. 

McCain doesn't talk about the 
great things he did. 

He talks about his gratitude 
and love for his country. He be- 
lieves, like our founding fathers 
believed, that we are here to serve, 
not to be served. 

Like I said at the beginning of 
this article, I will share more about 
John McCain outside of his military 
life in the next couple of weeks. 

Just remember one thing when 
you go to the polls. 

Only one of the candidates 
fought so that you could go to the 
polls. Only one was beaten and 
tortured for being truthful and fair. 
Only one candidate looks to better 
America instead of bettering his 
own personal life. 

This candidate, John McCain, 
is the right choice for president of 
the United States of America. 

'CSI: Miami' premiere not worth the wait 

Richelle Stephens 

Guest Columnist 

"CSI: Miami" 
is breaking my 

Typically I 
would have taken 
the minimalist 
route and left 
the sentiments at 

that, but I once had a special bond 
with the show. 

As much as I hate to admit it, 
I'm not quite ready to let go. It's 
similar to the situation I faced with 
later episodes of "Frasier." 

As much as I couldn't bring 
myself to stop watching a show I 
loved, the increasingly bad epi- 
sodes that came once the apex of a 
popular show passed made for an 
increasing frustration on my part. 

I felt as if I had to continue 
watching in case the relationship 
could be saved. 

After "Resurrection," Monday 
night's seventh season premiere, 
however, I feel as though this re- 
lationship is rapidly deteriorating 
despite my unwillingness to let go; 
Frasier Crane himself couldn't even 
sift through this quagmire. 

At the close of last season, 
"Miami" hero Horatio Caine took 
a bullet on a rain-soaked airport 
tarmac and was left, bloodstained 
Hugo Boss suit and all, to die. 

Much to the shock of Hora- 
tio-philes everywhere (myself not 
included, for as a spoiler junkie I 
already knew what was to happen), 
a barrage of questions perforated 
fan forums and Facebook groups 

We eventually discovered the 
motives behind his being shot; 
Caine and the FBI fake his murder 
so that they may infiltrate the new 
market of armor-piercing bullets 
and take down its kingpin (who 
also just happens to be the main 
villain of season six). 

However, we discover that it 
was all a ruse within the first 15 
minutes of an hour-long show. 

Not even Anakin Skywalker's 
transformation to the Dark Side or 
Harvey Dent's becoming Two Face 
in "The Dark Knight" occurred that 

Of course, the next 20 min- 
utes are absolutely agonizing. Ev- 
erything from sub- par acting to 
the always ridiculous "Stargate"- 
esque technology used in the pas- 
tel-soaked Miami Dade Crime Lab 
make for an embarrassing show- 

That, and to hear "Miami" 
resident ray of sunshine Calleigh 
Duquesene open up the episode 
with an overblown promise of res- 
olution in lieu of Caine's signature 
one-liner and sunglasses combina- 
tion was a bit disappointing. 

Then again, the viewer was to 
believe at that point he was really 

The only positive thing to come 
out of this train wreck of an episode 
was the performance by the always 
amazing Sofia Milos. 

Despite losing her series regu- 
lar title in 2005, Milos has made 
all subsequent appearances of her 
character Yelina Salas count; how- 
ever, her typically good showing 
still couldn't make enough differ- 

Then, of course, there was the 
explosive end to the episode, cour- 
tesy of the "resurrected" Caine. 

A "CSI: Miami" season pre- 
miere or finale (or for that mat- 
ter, any of the sweeps episodes) 
couldn't end any other way than 
with Horatio shooting something 
and causing an explosion, simply to 
stop the villain. 

And all it takes is one bullet, 
because Horatio Caine makes it 
count. Every time. 

Now that I look back on this 
episode, though, I think that unless 
there are serious concessions on 
the side of the offending party, then 
this relationship cannot be saved. 

Prepare to pack your bags, 
"CSI: Miami," because I have a 
feeling that you'll be back to your 
mother's basement by midseason. 

Oh, and I've been watching 
"The Office" on the side. 

Your race or your party 

The heavy burden black republicans face 

Robert Brown 

Guest Columnist 

Black repub- 
licans are con- 
sidered by the 
rest of the black 
community to be 
walking oxymo- 
rons: How can a 

"brotha" or "sista" support a party 
that largely consists of old rich 
white people? 

We usually see them as out of 
touch sellouts and "Uncle Toms" 
that betrayed their race once they 
got a new level of status or a bigger 
bank account. 

We even so far as to consider 
them not black anymore once they 
align themselves with the repub- 
lican party, or as my mother once 
called it, "the enemy." 

To take it to another extreme, 
this school even has a Facebook 
group entitled, "Everytime I See 
a Black Republican, a Piece of Me 
Dies a Little.. .(nsu Chapter)." 

Even though I'm a registered 

democrat and a firm Obama sup- 
porter, my heart goes out to black 
republicans this election year due 
to the enormous decision they face: 
please my party or please my peo- 

Do you stay loyal to your party 
and vote for your candidate, or do 
you stay loyal to your race and take 
part in something that has never 
happened before? 

"When it comes to the ba- 
sics. ..I think the republican agenda 
supports my beliefs, but when it 
comes to the election, I vote for the 
best candidate," NSU alumnus Sian 
Stanley said. 

Sian, a black republican, 
doesn't view his party affiliation as 
a big deal. 

"It's kind of like religion. Most 
people are raised in Christian 
households and grow up Christians, 
the same way most black people 
grow up in democrat households 
and automatically become demo- 

For me, that theory has a touch 
of merit to it. 

Growing up, my mother used 

to preach to me how the Democrat- 
ic Party was a friend of the working 
man and how the republicans were 
only out to cut taxes and keep the 
poor man down and the rich man 

But at the same time, we were 
deeply rooted in the church, be- 
lieved that marriage was only be- 
tween a man and a woman and we 
felt strongly against abortion. In 
that theory, we pretty much had 
the same beliefs as republicans, but 
we just didn't want the label. 

A lot of black republicans ex- 
ist; they just don't know it yet. 

When I asked Sian the big 
question - whether he will be vot- 
ing for his party or for his race, his 
reply was, "It's not about race... It's 
about voting for who I think is the 
best candidate. If you're voting for 
Obama simply because he's black, 
you're no better than the white 
people who won't vote for him be- 
cause he's black." 

White or black, republican, 
democrat or independent, the 
fact that we can vote is sufficient 
enough for me. 


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Saving the children left behind 

Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

This year 
we finally have 
a chance to 
end the Bush 
error - oops, 
I mean Bush 
era - that 
was started 
in 2000 by the 

United States Supreme Court and 
somehow was voted to be contin- 
ued (which still baffles me tremen- 
dously) in 2004 until Jan. 20 of next 


President Bush pushed through 
the United States Congress a law 
that has brought "higher standards" 
and accountability to the public ed- 
ucation system with the passage of 
the No Child Left Behind Act. 

The Act's intentions were no- 
ble in nature, but the results were 
anything but. 

The result of the NCLB Act 
was the loss of creativity in our 
nation's classrooms, resulting in 
teachers teaching to a high-stakes 
test (mandated by the Act) and the 
loss of the most important classes 
for individuality from our schools, 

music and the arts. 

The Act required teachers to 
meet higher standards, which in 
passing may sound like an excellent 
idea, but to meet the standards, the 
Act falls short with no extra fund- 
ing allocated to the schools' dis- 
tricts from the federal government 
to help teachers meet the goals. 

The Act requires students to 
meet national standards. To see 
if students meet these standards, 
high-stakes testing was implement- 
ed across the board. 

The high-stakes testing, which 
is informal by nature, is forcing 
more and more teachers to "teach 
to a test," and it is missing the point 
of getting an education. 

We should not just teach our 
children to take a test, but rather, 
we should educate them. 

These tests are not allowing 
teachers to encourage any higher- 
order thinking, and it is setting a 
dangerous precedent for our future 

The Act does not address the 
issue of schools that are falling 
further behind than most - low 
socioeconomic minority-majority 

The students who attend these 

schools are, statistically speaking, 
more at risk to drop out of school 
and partake in a life that has no 
positive outcome and does not 
contribute back to society in any 
positive way. President Bush and 
his educational policies have failed 
these schools. 

President Bush and his party 
should be ashamed of themselves 
for this failure. 

It does not take a damn rocket 
scientist to understand without ad- 
equate funding to meet goals, then 
it is pointless to even set goals. 

Now just throwing money at 
the stagnant education situation is 
not going solve what is wrong with 
the public education system, as evi- 
denced by Washington D.C. spend- 
ing more money on per capita of 
each student than any other public 
school district, with continually 
lower than average test scores. 

However, with a greater focus 
on all subjects, including music and 
the arts, we can solve this problem. 

Whoever is elected president 
in the election this November has 
to not follow our most esteemed 
President's example - and actually 
do something for our public educa- 
tion system. 

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September 24, 2008 

Mustangs stampede Demons 

Photo by Gary Hardamon The Current Sauce 

Outisde hitter Megan Manning picks up a dig for the Demons. 

Demons find stride 

Leslie Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

The Demon volleyball team de- 
feated the University of Louisiana- 
Monroe's Lady Warhawks Saturday 
to improve their season record to 
4-3. The Demons shot down the 
Lady Warhawks in four games with 
a score of 25-19, 19-25, 25-12, 25- 

Leading the Demons with 20 
kills was junior outside hitter Yele- 
na Enwere, who also led the team in 
points with 24. 

Next in line was senior outside 
hitter Angelica Cruz, who smashed 
nine kills, while sophomores Taylor 
Deering and Laranda Spann, and 
junior Markie Robichau tied on the 
hitting board with six apiece. Deer- 
ing also picked up 11 digs. 

Leading in assists for the De- 
mons was junior setter Meagan 
Dockery with 42, who also chipped 
in with 11 digs. Outside hitter Zan- 
ny Castillo led the team on the de- 
fensive side with 19. 

"We have been practicing hard 
for weeks to prepare for our 20 
games, focusing on our mottos, 
better the ball and help each other 
out," sophomore outside hitter and 
libero Megan Manning said. 

The Demons started conference 
play and hosted their first home 

game last week. 

For their first conference 
match, the Demons traveled to 
Conway to face the Central Ar- 
kansas Sugar Bears losing in three 
games with a score of 19-25, 24-26 
and 21-25. 

They came back the next day to 
sweep Arkansas-Pine Bluff in three 
games with a score of 25-16, 25-15 
and 25-16. 

During the opening home 
games, the Demons lost their 
opener to the Ragin' Cajuns of Uni- 
versity of Louisiana-Lafayette with 
a score of 22-25, 27-29, 25-22 and 

"We didn't show up for the first 
home game," head coach Brittany 
Uffelman said. "We might as well 
have been in class." 

The Demons redeemed them- 
selves the second home game with 
a comeback win over the Gram- 
bling State Lady Tigers (25-21, 25- 

The Demons will host conference 
competitor McNeese State Univer- 
sity Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Health 
and Human Performance building 
and then will turn around and face 
Stephen F. Austin Sept. 27. 

"As long as we keep playing as a 
team and hustling for every ball we 
will hold up strong in the next com- 
ing games," Robichau said. 

Upcoming Home Games 

Sept. 25 

Volleyball vs. McNeese State* 

7 p.m. 

Sept. 26 

Soccer vs. Southern 

7 p.m. 

Sept. 27 

Football vs. SE. OK State 

6 p.m. 

Sept. 29 

NSU Invitational (Cross Country) 

4:30 p.m. 

Sept. 29 

Volleyball vs. Stephen F. Ausitn* 

7 p.m. 

* denotes Southland Confrence game 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The 13th ranked Cal Poly Mus- 
tangs (2-1) lived up to full potential 
as they handed the Northwestern 
State Demons (2-2) their first home 
loss and second loss of the season, 

The Demons struggled from 
the start, surrendering a touch- 
down to Cal Poly's high octane of- 
fense only 2:05 into the game. The 
Demons were forced to punt after 
six plays on its opening drive. The 
Mustangs' offense was too much 
for the Purple Swarm to handle, 
leading 14-0 at the end of the first 

NSU scored on its opening 
possession of the second quarter 
after senior running back Byron 
Lawrence powered his way in from 
five yards. The Mustangs answered, 
scoring on their next two posses- 
sions, extending their lead 28-7. 

Senior kicker Robert Weeks 
added a 25-yard field goal for the 
Demons with 42 seconds remain- 
ing in the half. 

Head coach Scott Stoker's 
squad stalled on its first drive of 
the second half, losing five yards 
on three plays. Cal Poly scored an- 
other touchdown on its ensuing 
possession, putting the game out 
of reach, 35-10. Cal Poly added 10 
more points in the third quarter. 

Senior wide receiver Adam 
Varnado caught a 25-yard-touch- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Senior running back Byron Lawrence (22) carries the ball for the Demons in their 52-18 loss to Cal Poly. 

down pass from junior quarterback 
John Hundley to cap off a 4-play, 
80- yard drive to end the third quar- 
ter scoring, 45-18. 

Cal Poly scored the only points 
of the fourth quarter on a Jono 
Grayson 7-yard touchdown run, 
giving the Mustangs a 52-18 domi- 
nating win over the Demons. 

"We got beat in all three phas- 
es. It is what it is. There's no need 

to point fingers. We've got to work 
harder next week with conference 
only three weeks away," head coach 
Scott Stoker said. 

"We're going to have to for- 
get about this game. We had a 
lot of players that weren't in the 
right spot," senior linebacker Mack 
Dampier added. 

The Demons are preparing for 
their game against Southeast Okla- 

homa State. 

"We've got to put the game be- 
hind us and work hard. Everybody 
came out and played hard. No one 
gave up, no one quit. We just have 
to get over it and move on," junior 
defensive back Wesley Eckles said. 

Southeast Oklahoma State will 
enter Turpin Stadium 1-3, coming 
off a 59-10 loss to Abilene Christian. 
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. 

Saying goodbye to 'Baseball's Cathedral' 

Yankee Stadium to be demolished after 85 years of baseball history 

Matt Fowler 

Guest Columnist 

Sept. 21, 2008 is a day that will 
live on in Major League Baseball 
history for years to come as Yankee 
Stadium saw its last game played 

The Yankees, who will not 
make the playoffs, beat the Orioles 


Yankee Stadium, commonly 
referred to as "The House that Ruth 
Built," will be demolished after the 
end of the current season. 

Yankee Stadium holds history 
that not only belongs to baseball, 
but football, boxing, concerts and 
even visits from the Pope. 

This morning, the gates were 
opened early so fans of the Yankees 

could take a walk around the field. 

After that, many of the Yankee 
greats came to pay their last re- 
spects to the field and started col- 
lecting items such as cups of dirt 
off of the pitching mound, chips 
of concrete from various walls and 
pictures of the world famous Mon- 
ument Park that is housed behind 
the left field wall. 

It was a very emotional day, 
as fans, players and management 
reflected on the times that Yankee 
stadium has seen. 

They began to realize exacdy 
how much the stadium has meant 
to sports history and even history 

Yankee Stadium was the site of 
worship services for the Pope. 

It was the site of Lou Gehrig's 

speech, which includes the line "I 
feel I am the luckiest man on the 
face of the earth." 

For all the "Rudy" fans, it was 
the site of the "Win one for the 
Gipper" speech. 

Then it was the site of a very 
emotional and uplifting World Se- 
ries after Sept. 11. That World Se- 
ries saw back-to-back ninth inning 
Yankee comebacks. 

Also, after Sept. 11, President 
Bush came out of the dugout by 
himself, went atop the mound, and 
threw a perfect strike for the open- 
ing pitch. 

Yankee Stadium has hosted 
37 world championship series and 
housed 26 world championship 

The final game provided a 
plethora of emotions, including 

sadness, reflection, happiness and 

The game was won by a strong 
start by Andy Pettitte received the 
last win in the stadium. 

Two home runs were hit by 
Johnny Damon and Jose Molina. 

Molina hit the last home run 
in the stadium, but Damon would 
have been a better fit for the last 
one because his story is close to the 
same as Babe Ruth's, who hit the 
first home run in Yankee Stadium. 

Then, of course, you cannot 
have the end of Yankee stadium 
without Mariano Rivera closing out 
the game in the ninth inning. 

After the game, the entire Yan- 
kee team and coaching staff took a 
lap around the field, tipping their 
caps to the "world's best fans," as 
Yankee captain Derek Jeter said. 

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Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU soccer team seemed 
to stabilize its roller coaster ride of 
a season this weekend with home 
games against Centenary and the 
University of Louisiana-Lafayette. 

It started last Friday against 
the Ladies of Centenary with a one 
to nothing victory. 

"This was a very big win. We 
have played a very difficult sched- 
ule, which was by design. But, in 
playing a hard schedule you have to 
keep your confidence up, and that's 
exactly what this win did for us. It 
helped our confidence in a huge 
way," head coach Jimmy Mitchell 

Gabrielle Assayag scored the 
Demons' lone goal in the 40th min- 
ute from around 20 yards out. 

Also, goalkeeper Lindy Strahan 
scored the shutout by stopping the 
one shot on goal by Centenary. 

The Demons had more shots 
on goal than the Ladies 5-1. 

Even though a chief concern 
of Mitchell's was the fatigue of his 
team because of the game on Fri- 
day, the Demons had no problem 
out-dueling the Ragin' Cajuns 2-1. 

"They are a very good team. 
We are fairly even. They play fast 
and hard from end to end. They 
are in the same situation that we 
are. They have played a very tough 
schedule," Mitchell said. 

The two goals were scored by 
Kayce Schultz and Haley Cheshier. 
Chelsea Brozgold got the assist on 
both goals. 

Demon goalkeeper Lindy Stra- 
han notched her second straight 
win as she stopped three of four 
shots on goal by the Ragin' Cajuns. 

"We got out to a great start but 
didn't deliver the knockout punch- 
es. We had a chance to put them 
away, and they were on their heels, 
but we didn't get it done. They 
fought back and made us play 90 
minutes to earn the win," Mitchell 

To start the season, the De- 
mons were 1-3-0, but have turned 

it around in their last five going, 3- 
1-1, improving their out-of-confer- 
ence record to 4-4-1. 

"We're playing a lot of fresh- 
men.We're getting healthy and 
we've played a lot of good competi- 
tion. I get frustrated as a coach. We 
don't pick and choose games, win- 
ning is winning. We don't change 
our approach too much," Mitchell 

The Demons look to continue 
their winning ways this Friday. They 
will host the Southern Lady Jagua 
at the Demon Soccer Complex at 
7 p.m. before opening conference 
play at UCA October 5th. 

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Students gather in the Friedman Student Union to cast their votes for SGA senators, SGA's 16 proposed amendments and homecoming court. The SGA and SAB 
worked together to ensure that the voting process went as smoothly and quickly as possible for students. 

SGA prepares to shift into high gear 

David Royal 

News Editor 

After last week's Student Gov- 
ernment Association senator elec- 
tions, the SGA now hopes to address 
some of the major issues at NSU. 

Although not all senatorial po- 
sitions were filled - three positions 
are available for each class - SGA 
president Cody Bourque said he 
was nevertheless pleased with the 

"I was excited by the number 
of students who ran. Now, I want to 
prove to these underclassmen that 
SGA is a worthwhile organization," 
Bourque said. 

The student body elected three 
sophomores, and thus far, two 
freshmen. The third freshman sen- 
ator will be determined in a runoff 
election today. 

One senior and three juniors 
were approved to be senators by 

Along with the elections for 
senator, students also voted and ap- 
proved the 16 amendments to the 
SGA constitution, which the SGA 
approved at its first meeting. 

In this week's meeting, 
Bourque said the passing of these 
amendments have "cleaned up the 

In comparison to the 16 bills 
SGA passed at its first meeting, 
SGA has voted on very little legis- 
lation in the past two weeks. 

Bourque said he plans for that 
to change in the next few weeks. 

With the elections essentially 
complete, Bourque said SGA mem- 
bers can now put all of their focus 
on addressing the students' needs. 

One issue that SGA has already 
begun discussing is providing stu- 
dents with a better Internet source 
off campus. 

Bourque said the SGA is work- 
ing with Jennifer Long and the Stu- 
dent Technology Advisory Team 
(STAT) to determine the feasibil- 
ity of replacing the current dial-up 
connection that is available to the 
students with a more efficient and 
practical connection. 

At this point, Bourque said 
the SGA's collaboration with STAT 
is still in the beginning phase, but 
added that the SGA will have a 
definite plan of action by the end of 

the semester. 

Within the next month, 
Bourque said members of SGA 
will dedicate a great deal of time to 
evaluating NSU's student fee sys- 

In Monday's meeting, Bourque 
and treasurer Lauren Michel were 
appointed members of the Student 
Self- Assessed Fee Oversight Com- 
mittee, which consists of NSU of- 
ficials and students. 

By doing so, Michel said the 
SGA has taken a "very minor step" 
closer to addressing the financial 
needs of the SGA and its students. 

Bourque said his goal is to de- 
termine whether or not part-time 
students, in the future, should be 
charged the SGA activity fee of 
$425, and if so, what stipulations 
should apply. 

Currendy, part-time students 
are not charged a fee for SGA, yet 
they are still considered to be part 
of the student body in the SGA's 

Bourque said one change that 
he might suggest to the focus group 
is to charge the fee to part-time stu- 
dents who take more than six hours 

of on-campus classes - the Student 
Activities Board has recently ad- 
opted a similar method. 

"We will always be there to 
stand up for what the students 
need, but we also need the funds to 
do so," Bourque said. 

SGA's decision on the future of 
student fees will also affect SGA's 
plans for another issue concerning 
scholarships within the associa- 

At the beginning of the semes- 
ter, Bourque said he wished to ulti- 
mately reduce the sum awarded to 
the executive board so that more of 
the SGA's budget could be dedicat- 
ed to the students. 

This week, Bourque assured 
that he does in fact still feel the 
same way. 

"We do deserve the scholar- 
ships we get, but I want the money 
to go to the students first," Bourque 

Bourque added, however, that 
other members of the SGA have 
made it clear that they would like 
to look into possibly increasing the 
amount given in scholarships, or 
making scholarships available to 

other SGA members, such as com- 
mittee heads. 

Bourque said he and his execu- 
tive board members, vice president 
Mark Daniels and treasurer Lauren 
Michel, will keep an open mind 
while addressing the matter this 
week, but Bourque said he hopes 
that, in the end, at least 50 percent 
of the SGA's funding will go toward 
the students and not scholarships. 

Both Daniels and Michel de- 
clined to speak about their plans 
or hopes concerning SGA scholar- 
ships until they have had the op- 
portunity to discuss the matter fur- 
ther with Bourque. 

Additionally, Bourque ex- 
plained that SGA's committees 
have also begun working to im- 
prove certain aspects of the univer- 
sity. Some of the committees' plans 
include working with Sodexo to 
provide refreshments to students 
in the Friedman Student Union 
during midterm week and ensuring 
that all areas of parking are being 
rightfully designated to students. 

Bourque said students can ex- 
pect to see members of SGA voting 
on more legislation by the end of 

South Korean exchange suffers low participation 

Education department reschedules trip, allowing time to attract more applicants 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU education and English 
majors have the opportunity to 
teach in South Korea, but low par- 
ticipation numbers have canceled 
this semester's scheduled trip. 

Kioh Kim, the South Korea ex- 
change coordinator who initiated 
the relationship between NSU and 
the Chungnam Office of Education, 
faces a problem this semester. 

The first application deadline 
was at the beginning of September 
- but with only two signed up, it is 
not enough. 

Now, students will only be 
able to teach in South Korea in the 
spring semester, assuming there 
will be enough students signed up 
by then. 

Kim, assistant professor of 
education technology, said the 
Chungnam Office of Education was 
disappointed by the low number of 

Kim said it costs the office 
of education the same amount of 
money for two American teachers 
as it does for 20, providing trans- 
portation costs, housing and other 


They simply could not have ac- 
cepted only two. 

Last spring, two NSU and five 
Louisiana Tech students went to 
South Korea to teach in the class- 
rooms for two months. 

Last fall, the first organized ex- 
change of NSU students to South 
Korea had five from NSU. 

Kim said he is the only person 
coordinating and recruiting for this 
exchange program. 

He has gone to LA Tech and 
given lectures about the program, 
but he can only do so much. 

He is hoping to spread the 
word with the help of former Kore- 
an exchange students and students 
waiting to go, like Donyelle Clark. 

Clark, a senior English major, 
learned about the South Korean ex- 
change program organized by NSU 
while reading The Current Sauce. 

She read the story about 30 
South Korean teachers' trip to NSU 
over the summer, and when she 
got to the bottom of the story, she 
learned that NSU sends students to 
South Korea. 

In a class later that same day, 
Clark sat next to Hollie Alvarez, 

who taught in South Korea last 
spring and presented a paper about 
her experiences. 

The two spent the rest of the 
class whispering back and forth 
about South Korea. 

Clark said she felt like there 
was a reason those two events fol- 
lowed each other, not just a coin- 
cidence. She spoke with Kim the 
next day and started preparing for 
the trip. 

She needed a passport, two let- 
ters of recommendation, an essay 
detailing why she wanted to teach 
in South Korea and at least a 2.5 
GPA as an undergraduate. Gradu- 
ate students are required to have a 

Clark wants to be a speech pa- 
thologist. She figured working with 
pronunciation and phonetics while 
teaching English as a second lan- 
guage could help her work toward 
that goal. 

"I just thought that it would be 
a good life experience and would 
benefit the career I plan to pursue," 
Clark said. "Especially since North- 
western doesn't offer a speech pa- 
thology program, so if I have some- 
thing like that [teaching in Korea], 

it'll benefit me when applying to 
grad schools." 

Clark was in a rush to get 
things in order for her to leave in 
mid-October for South Korea, but 
now she has more time to prepare 
since it has been delayed to mid- 

She also said it may be better 
for her this way because she hates 
the cold and will not have to miss 
any major holidays like she would 
have from October to December. 

"It was a bit overwhelming at 
first, but I wasn't going to miss this 
opportunity," Clark said. 

Alvarez, a senior education 
major, only had a month to prepare 
for her trip to South Korea last 
spring, but she said she knew that 
was where she needed to be. 

"The week before [I left], peo- 
ple would be asking me if I was ner- 
vous, and I wasn't; I really wasn't. 
I was ready," Alvarez said. "It was 
something I needed for myself." 

Alvarez taught classes at the 
third level of South Korean middle 
school, equivalent to American 
ninth grade. She said it was every- 
thing she could have wanted and 

Alvarez went to South Korea 
as a junior and took NSU online 
classes to stay on track. 

Education seniors would have 
to sit out a semester, because teach- 
ing in South Korea does not count 
toward the hours of student teach- 
ing required in order to graduate. 

English majors may not have as 
much of a setback, since they can 
still continue all of their courses 

Clark said Alvarez advised her 
to stay on top of her online home- 
work and studies while in South 
Korea because time management 
can become an issue. Clark said she 
is not worried. 

"I was going to be a semes- 
ter behind because of the minor 
I picked anyway. So even if I was 
supposed to be graduating in May 
and now I'm going to Korea and 
it pushes me back to December 
- like, what's that compared to an 
experience like Korea?" Clark said. 

"I'm in college to make myself 
competitive and I think this is one 
of those things that would really 
help, so what's one semester to bet- 
ter yourself and benefit you in your 
area of study?" 


David Royal 
News Editor 
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During the lunch rush at Vic's, students select entrees, snacks and refreshments to fuel their hectic routines. This week, SGA and Sodexo plan to implement a qual- 
ity assessment program in which "mystery shoppers" will infiltrate on-campus dining locations and evaluate the service Sodexo employees provide. 

Mystery shoppers stake out Sodexo 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Students in Vic's who appear to 
be casually working on their home- 
work might actually have some- 
thing more mysterious up their 


Sodexo general manager Vance 
Howe teamed up with the Student 
Government Association this week 
to collect constructive criticism 
and comments that may improve 
students' campus dining experi- 

The program will start this 
week if Howe can find at least two 
students willing to participate in his 
new "Mystery Shopper" program. 

He plans to add $50 to the meal 
plan of each shopper as well as 
questionnaires to use while ranking 
the quality of the food and service 
they encounter. The students must 
keep their shopper identities secret 
and avoid tipping off any of the So- 
dexo employees. 

A mystery shopper must eat at 
each location - Iberville and Vic's 
- about once a week, Howe said. 

He said he will also consider 
sending student shoppers to the C- 
Store on campus - and Grill 155°, 
once its new location opens later in 
the semester. 

Because the plans are still in 
the early stages, Howe may recon- 
sider the project depending on the 
amount of students who are in- 
trigued enough to apply. 

"I don't even know if there are 
any students interested in doing 
this," Howe said. 

Howe developed his plan after a 
discussion with SGA vice president 
Mark Daniels and student affairs 
commissioner Jason Thibodeaux. 

"It's a partnership," Howe said. 
"We want to make sure that we're 
both on the same page and we're 

working together to improve din- 
ing services." 

Daniels met with Howe after he 
and SGA president Cody Bourque 
visited Iberville around 6:20 p.m. 
earlier this semester and found 
many of the serving lines closed. 
The salad bar was taken apart, and 
employees were no longer serving 
French fries, despite the boiling hot 
oil in the fryer, Daniels said. 

Closing down 40 minutes early 
is unacceptable for a cafeteria on a 
college campus, Daniels said. 

Some SGA senators conducted 
an informal mystery shopper pro- 
gram of their own last semester, 
writing down some of the issues 
they noticed while dining at Vic's 
and Iberville, Daniels said. 

Thibodeaux, a sophomore his- 
tory major, said he and other SGA 
members have noted that the long 
lines and monotonous menus could 
definitely see some improvement. 

This week is "crunch time" for 
the mystery shopper project, so 
Thibodeaux said he plans to fill out 
paperwork and meet with Howe to 
finalize things as soon as possible. 

He is also on the lookout for 
potential mystery shoppers. 

"I had talked to a few students, 
and they were really excited about 
something, some kind of program 
like that that would help the stu- 
dents," Thibodeaux said. 

Thibodeaux said the SGA is 
looking for honest opinions regard- 
ing the "all-around experience" of 
dining at Vic's and Iberville. 

One of Thibodeaux 's priorities 
would be to keep more than one 
register open between 11 a.m. and 
1 p.m. to cut down on wait time, he 

Daniels also said that because 
Grill 155° may be open as late as 10 
p.m. once it opens, he suggested 
temporarily keeping Iberville open 

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While prices are set by Sodexo, other aspects of on-campus dining - such as food variety and 
speedy service - may be influenced by the secret shopper project. Student affairs commissioner 
Jason Thibodeaux hinted that a student-designed menu may also be in the works. 

later so that there will be at least 
one dining area open on campus 
after 7 p.m. in the meantime. 

Howe plans to take these prob- 
lems - as well as those discovered 
by the mystery shoppers - into 

Daniels, who works as a chef 
for Mama's and Papa's restaurants 
on Front Street, said he is famil- 
iar with the culinary industry and 
mystery shopper programs. 

The method has been a part of 
the restaurant industry for years. 
Owners and managers implement 

similar programs to keep tabs on 
their workers and make sure every 
entree meets standards. 

The mystery shopper program 
may be followed by a comment 
card system for students who want 
to offer their feedback. 

Howe even plans to display a 
board comparing the time the mys- 
tery shoppers express their con- 
cerns with the time it takes to solve 
the problems. 

"That way, you can actually see 
that there's something being done," 
Howe said. 

Daniels said he has enjoyed 
working with Howe, the third gen- 
eral manager NSU has seen in the 
last three years. 

The mystery shopper program 
will have students paying attention 
to what they eat - and to the stu- 
dents around them. 

Knock three names off the 
list of people who may be mystery 
shoppers, though. Because Daniels, 
Bourque and Thibodeaux brought 
the issue of campus dining im- 
provement to light, they've decided 
to stay on the business side. 


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ROTC reinforcements arrive 

New staff brings ideas, incenfives to NSU cadets 

Photo by David RoyalThe Current Sauce Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

Captain Jaison Koonankeil gives the JROTC cadets a safety briefing at the track before the Demon Sergeant First Class Raymond McDowell hooks up a JROTC 
Challenge begins on Saturday. Koonakeil focused on the importance of staying hydrated. cadet to one of the ropes events at the Demon Challenge. 

Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

As the enrollment in North- 
western State's Army ROTC pro- 
gram skyrocketed, a request for 
new staff members was made. The 
Army provided the necessary assis- 

"1 was very pleased and happy 
that the Army has responded and 
sent more people due to the in- 
creased enrollment," Lieutenant 
Col. Lee Pennington, professor of 

military science, said. 

This semester eight members 
have been added to the staff, and 
they all are here on assignment. 

Maj. Stevie Smith, a ROTC 
graduate from the University of Ar- 
kansas at Little Rock, serves as the 
battalion's enrollment and scholar- 
ship officer and the executive offi- 

In the future, Smith said his 
main objective will be to continue 
to increase the number of students 
both entering and graduating from 

the program. 

"The ROTC program can work 
closely with the faculty and staff at 
NSU because ROTC and NSU share 
a common goal, which is to try to 
bring students to NSU," Smith said. 

Capt. Jaison Koonankeil, who 
graduated from the ROTC program 
from the University of Connecti- 
cut in 2001, will instruct military 
science students and serve as the 
operational officer. 

Because he recently graduated 
from the ROTC program, Koonan- 

keil said he looks forward to shar- 
ing his past experiences with NSU's 

"I have learned that I must 
treat the cadets like adults because 
they will eventually be in charge of 
the lives of the sons and daughters 
of America," Koonankeil said. 

Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Mc- 
Dowell serves as the acting senior 
military instructor. 

McDowell works with the 
ropes course at NSU and is in 
charge of the cadets' physical fit- 

ness training. 

McDowell is also supervising 
the Ranger Challenge team, which 
will be competing in October at 
Fort Benning, Ga. 

By the end of the academic 
year McDowell said he hopes NSU 
students will not just perceive the 
ROTC cadets as students who wake 
up early and run around the cam- 

"NSU's ROTC program can 
be improved by getting us out into 
campus and having interactions 

with the other students on cam- 
pus," McDowell said. 

Other additions to the battal- 
ion's staff include Christie Price, 
who serves as the battalion secre- 
tary; Myron McWashington and 
Dennis Montgomery, who serve as 
the human resources technicians; 
and retired Sgt. Maj. Pat Towle, 
who serves as the supply techni- 

One significant change that the 
new staff members have already 
brought to NSU's battalion is the 
hosting of the Demon Challenge. 

The ROTC cadets and staff 
held the first Demon Challenge 
Saturday at the ropes course. 

About 150 JROTC cadets from 
six high schools in Louisiana par- 
ticipated in this event. 

The participating schools were 
Leesville High School, Natchitoches 
Central High School, North Desoto 
High School, Washington-Marion 
High School, Captain Shreve High 
School and C.E. Byrd High School. 

Participants competed in four 
obstacles on the ropes course. 

They also took a written exam 
and a map reading test. 

Smith explained that the pri- 
mary mission for the JROTC cadets 
in the Demon Challenge was to test 
their military knowledge, personal 
courage and teamwork skills. 

Smith said the goal of NSU's 
ROTC program, however, was to 
build a relationship with the high 
school cadets and to promote the 

Smith said his cadets did their 
part and made the Demon Chal- 
lenge a great success. 

He added that in the years to 
come, Demon Challenge will only 
be bigger and better. 

He hopes the ROTC program 
will continue to head in the right 
direction this year, Smith said in an 

Boost in enrollment lifts spirits 

Asya Mitchem 

Staff Reporter 

Have you ever thought of 
Northwestern State as a small uni- 
versity because of its lack of stu- 
dents? Well, think again. 

NSU officials have seen an in- 
crease in enrollment for the 2008 
fall semester. 

Last year there was a total of 
9,037 students enrolled at NSU. 
There are now a total of 9,111 stu- 
dents attending NSU for the fall. 

The main increase was seen in 
the number of part-time and online 
students attending the university. 

This is the first time NSU has 
had a fall increase since selec- 
tive admission began in the fall of 

Students attending NSU origi- 
nate from all 64 parishes in Louisi- 
ana, other states and even foreign 

"This reminds us that NSU 
is statewide," university president 

Randall J. Webb said. Webb also 
said online classes are being taught 
throughout the country and around 
the world. 

Senior secondary education, 
business and math major Sharai 
Adesola said she enjoys being a stu- 
dent at NSU. 

"I think it is great, although 
parking is not the best. The school 
has been revitalized as far as events 
and students being active on cam- 
pus," Adesola said. 

Kevin Sherman, a senior busi- 
ness administration major, said he 
is optimistic about the new enroll- 
ment figures. 

"The increase is a positive as- 
pect for students because it shows 
that the university is giving stu- 
dents a chance at seeking a higher 
education," Sherman said. 

One student, however, was a 
little more skeptical of the increase 
in enrollment. 

"NSU usually always has a large 
number of students in the fall for 

various reasons such as freshmen 
excited to leave home, the location 
being in a historic town and some 
students come here for the heck of 
it. However, in spring semester the 
numbers decrease. Maybe some 
students didn't make the grades or 
college life is not for them. Others 
may not be able to afford to come 
back," Milzokiya Wilson, a senior 
double major, said. 

The increase in enrollment 
does not affect student fees in any 
way. Student fees were slightly in- 
creased at other Louisiana univer- 
sities to offset additional cost. Now, 
different institutions throughout 
Louisiana can continue to provide 
their students with different facili- 
ties and activities. . 

Webb said the enrollment in- 
crease was "wonderful," and added 
that it emphasizes NSU's history. 

"It affords students to go to 
college from a variety of geographi- 
cal areas [and] enriches the educa- 
tional experience," Webb said. 

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>etween Kyser Hall and Post Office 

* 9/28 

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2:26 p.m.- Owner of pitt bull located 

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ends situation 


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Editor in Chief 
October 1, 2008 

Photo by Amanda Crane/The Current Sauce 

Theatre students Jennifer Collins and Ryan Hazelbaker stand out in "Lives of the Saints." 

'Saints' tie seven 
acts into one show 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

Opening night jitters didn't get 
the best of Jennifer Collins and fel- 
low cast members. 

"Lives of the Saints" debuted 
on Sept. 24 to a full house in The- 
atre West. As the set for the first 
scene came together piece by piece, 
the audience was left with very lit- 
tle knowledge as to what the night 
would bring. 

"My nerves hit me about 10 
minutes before the show started," 
Collins, a senior musical theatre 
major said. "I was extremely ner- 
vous, and it spread to everyone else 
before we went on stage." 

"Lives of the Saints" is a com- 
pilation of seven one-act plays by 
David Ives, performed by six NSU 

The production is the first NSU 
performance to utilize the new au- 
dio and visual equipment that was 
purchased with student technology 
fees. As the first cast to use the new 
features, they were uncertain about 
how the production would come 
together opening night. 

"The videos and images on the 
screen were definitely a challenge to 
incorporate into the show and ex- 
tra rehearsals were needed to work 
out mistakes," senior theatre major 
Regan McLellan said. "There is no 
room for error in live theatre." 

The opening act, "The Mystery 
at Twicknam Vicarage," is a murder 
mystery where the character Jer- 
emy, played by Ryan Hazelbaker, is 

Inspector Dexter of the Scot- 
land Yard, played by McLellan, 
tries to solve the crime with help 
from Sarah, played by Angela Kang, 
Mona, played by Elizabeth Bigger, 
and Roger, played by Josiah Ken- 
nedy. With twists, turns and adult 
humor, the mystery is solved and 
the case is closed. 

"Enigma Variations" is a mir- 

ror-image act where two charac- 
ters speak and act while the other 
two follow their every move. Jen- 
nifer Collins joins Kang, Kennedy, 
Hazelbaker and McLellan, who 
serves as the assistant, on stage as 
they take turns acting out the du- 
plicating roles. With six other acts 
to practice, rehearsals for perfect- 
ing the copycat movements were 
moved to personal time outside of 
the theater. 

"People will never know the 
amount of work we put into re- 
hearsing," Collins said. "We live 
close enough to each other that we 
can practice after regular rehearsal 
hours are over." 

"Babel's in Arms" is the story of 
two Babylonian blue-collar work- 
ers, McLellan and Hazelbaker, who 
have to build the Tower of Babel. 
The priestess (Bigger) along with 
the eunuch (Kennedy) come to 
bless the tower they have built. 

The business woman (Col- 
lins) gives the workers strict orders 
to build the tower or suffer great 
consequences. The pair of work- 
ers figure out a way to resolve their 
construction problem and manage 
not to laugh and break character as 
the audience hysterically laughs at 
their performance. 

"I think the more I take my 
character's situation seriously the 
easier it is to stay in the moment 
and not to laugh," McLellan said. "If 
that doesn't work, I bite the inside 
of my mouth." 

"Soap" Opera" is the story of a 
repairman (McLellan), who falls for 
a washing machine, Collins. How- 
ever, he finds himself in love with 
Mabel (Kang) and must choose be- 
tween the two loves of his life. 

With help from his friend (Ken- 
nedy) and the maitre d' (Hazelbak- 
er), the repairman finds happiness 
in his life and settles for the better 
woman. After a brief intermission, 
the cast returns with "Lives of the 
Saints," where Collins and Bigger 

Photo by Amanda Crane/The Current Sau 

From left to right: Regan McLellan, Angela Kang and Elizabeth 
Bigger act in "Arabian Nights" last week. 

are on stage alone preparing break- 
fast for a funeral service. 

Visual and audio images are of 
the essence in this performance as 
Hazelbaker, Kang, McLellan and 
Kennedy provide the visual and au- 
dio effects for the scene via a pre- 
recorded video. Flo, played by Col- 
lins, and Edna, played by Bigger, are 
alone on the stage and rely on each 
other to perform the scene. 

"Liz is such a great scene part- 
ner," Collins said. "Everyone is great 
to work with, but we just have so 
much fun with that scene with it 
just being the two of us." 

"Arabian Nights" is the story 
of Norman (McLellan), who finds 
his way into a shop owned by Flora, 
played by Bigger, looking for a sou- 
venir to remember his travels. They 
find themselves in a whirlwind ro- 
mance, spurred on by a wacky in- 
terpreter, Kang. 

"Captive Audience" is a cau- 
tionary fable that tells how Rob 
(Hazelbaker) and Laura (Collins) 
face a menace in their living room: 
a television that talks back to them 
and threatens to swallow them 
whole. The scene incorporates a 
pre-recorded Kang and Kennedy 
as the people on the television who 
seem to put words into the mouths 
of the characters. 

"Ryan and I know each other's 
lines very well, so we are able to go 
with it as it happens," Collins said. 
"We all pretty much have to know 
everyone's part just in case some- 
thing does happen." 

After a standing ovation, the 
audience was invited to mingle 
with cast and crew members at a 
reception in the Orville Hanchey 
Art Gallery. As people munched on 
finger sandwiches and sipped on 
punch, people discussed their fa- 
vorite parts of the show with each 
other and filled the gallery with 

"I thought it was hilarious and 
thought-provoking," sophomore 
theatre major Jessi Garrison said. 
"It pushed boundaries, and I loved 

"Everyone in the cast worked 
very well together, and it was in- 
credible," sophomore business ma- 
jor Sarah Boudreaux said. 

As opening night of "Lives of 
the Saints" ended, cast members 
were given a taste of how their time 
and effort paid off. 

Students who missed open- 
ing night can still catch the show, 
which will be performed every 
night at 7:30 until Oct. 3. The pro- 
duction contains adult humor and 
may not be suitable for children 13 
and under. 

"This play is so hysterical and 
really offers something for every- 
one," McLellan said "If you get the 
chance, come and see it. You won't 
regret it!" 

Highlighting... Lady Demon volleyball 
Northwestern State cheerleaders 

Photos by Leigh Gentry,The Current Sauce 

Above: The Lady Demon volleyball team battles the McNeese State Cowgirls Thursday. 
Below: NSU cheerleaders perform partner stunts during the volleyball game. 

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Audience members settled into 
their chairs in Magale Recital Hall 
Thursday night as Douglas Baken- 
hus, the Northwestern Symphony 
Orchestra conductor, prepared 
backstage for the first concert of 
the semester. 

Onstage, his hands floated 
over the detailed score on his music 
stand, keeping time for the students 
with a precise inner metronome. 

Behind the energetic conduc- 
tor is a man who takes the historic 
significance of his song selections 
into consideration, making every 
movement meaningful. 

The concert included several 
classical pieces, including Gioac- 
chino Rossini's "Overture: The Bar- 
ber of Seville," Giovanni Bottesini's 
"Duo Concertant on themes from 
'The Puritans,'" and Ludwig van 
Beethoven's 7th symphony. 

The 7th symphony was a fa- 
vorite of many students who per- 

"We pulled it off," Bakenhus 


Paul Randall Adams, a music- 
education major and viola player 
in the orchestra, said the soulful as- 
pects of songs like Beethoven's 7th 
are what inspire him to perform. 

"I like that music touches 
souls," Adams said. "If I can help 
touch somebody's soul, then I feel 
like I've fulfilled my purpose." 

Adams, who wants to teach 
music to autistic children after he 
earns a degree in graduate school, 
said Bakenhus takes a unique ap- 
proach to conducting. 

"I think he's really knowledge- 
able about the music, and he gives 
us the history of the pieces that 
we're performing. To me, it's always 
better to know the history because 
it lets me know what emotion to 
put into the music," Adams said. 

Bakenhus, who directed col- 
lege bands for nine years before 
teaching orchestra students, ex- 
plained that old music fascinates 

Courtesy Photo 

Associate professor of bassoon Douglas Bakenhus conducts an 
orchestra concert in Magale Recital Hall. 

him because the emotions tran- 
scend time. 

"It doesn't matter if you lived in 
the 1800s, the 1700s, the 21st cen- 
tury. It doesn't matter what color 
your skin is; it doesn't matter where 
you grew up. You can relate to what 
happens on the inside of someone," 
Bakenhus said. 

This "human condition" is the 
same whether you're wearing a 
powdered wig or attending classes 
at a university. Bakenhus said that 
if forced to choose, though, his fa- 
vorite composer would be Johann 
Sebastian Bach. 

Studying Bach's scores, includ- 

ing "Magnificat in D," which the or- 
chestra and choir will perform later 
in the semester, fascinates Baken- 

Though much has changed 
since the 18th century, listeners 
can still relate to the sensations 
conveyed by the songs. 

"We can feel what Bach felt," 
Bakenhus said. 

Bakenhus analyzes the struc- 
ture of the music before he be- 
gins teaching. For this particular 
concert, Bakenhus also studied 
Beethoven's history and read many 
of his published letters. 

"What I like about Beethoven 

- and I think it's represented in this 
piece - is that he's triumphant. He 
took a bad situation - he went deaf 

- and he turned it into triumph." 

Like many of Beethoven's 
works, the beginning of the 7th 
symphony sounds joyful and exu- 
berant. The second movement is 
profoundly sad, Bakenhus said. 

To Bakenhus, the movement 
represents a somber period in 
Beethoven's life. 

"When he went deaf, he be- 
came very depressed about it at 
first, and then he wrote a letter to 
a friend saying he was going to grab 
fate by the throat. And I think he 
does in this piece. He grabs it by the 

Bakenhus describes the fi- 
nal movement as a total change. 
"All of a sudden, it's like the sun 
comes out," and the song lifts the 
audience's spirits with a victorious 

The man behind the stand 

Bakenhus has come a long way 
from his beginnings as a fifth-grade 

"I told the band director I 
wanted to play violin, and he said, 
'Our school doesn't have strings. 
Why don't you play clarinet? It's 
kind of like a violin.' He just wanted 
someone to play clarinet," Baken- 
hus said. 

Bakenhus later switched to 
bassoon because he thought it was a 
"weird-looking thing" and the idea 
of carrying around a larger case 

- to compete with his friend's eu- 
phonium case, of course - piqued 
his interest. 

As a beginner, he was able to 
play the lowest note on the bassoon 

- something he has never heard 
another beginning student do. 

Bakenhus got his undergradu- 
ate degree at University of Texas at 
Austin and later went to graduate 
school at Texas A&M Commerce. 

"I wasn't even going to go to 
college," Bakenhus said. 

When his high school band di- 

rector, Karen Johnston, asked what 
his plans were after graduation, 
Bakenhus told her he wanted to be 
a truck driver. 

She suggested that he audition 
for college orchestra as a bassoon 
player, but he said he preferred the 
idea of being behind the steering 
wheel of a big rig. He reminded her 
that he didn't make all-state. 

"I'm not good enough," he told 


, She encouraged him to try any- 
way - after all, he had never taken 
a bassoon lesson before - and he 
took her advice to heart. 

Today, Bakenhus conducts the 
NSU orchestra, teaches private 
bassoon lessons to college students 
and plays bassoon with a perfor- 
mance group, Trio de Llano. 

His work may have taken him 
away from the road, but he has 
traveled across oceans for his per- 
formances with the trio. 

In fact, he is leaving Natchi- 
toches on Friday for a series of con- 
certs in England. 

Johnston showed up at UT- 
Austin in 2006 to listen to his doc- 
toral recital. 

"I told her, 'If it weren't for you, 
I'd be a truck driver,'" he said. 

Coming up next 

In addition to its performances 
in the Christmas Gala, the orches- 
tra will perform a concert Nov. 4 at 
7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. 

Bakenhus said one of his favor- 
ite pieces, "The Camp Meeting" by 
Charles Ives, will be included in the 
patriotic concert. 

Bakenhus originally wanted to 
hold the concert on Lincoln's birth- 
day so that he could conduct Aaron 
Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait," but 
scheduling conflicts pushed the 
performance from February to No- 

As it happened, the concert is 
now set for the day of the presiden- 
tial election. 

"It was just serendipitous, I 
guess," Bakenhus said. 





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Opinions Editor 
October 1, 2008 


Half the Battle: 

Inability and inexperience 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

On one side, 
executive inex- 
perience, on the 
other, the in- 
ability to stay on 

As we march steadily on to 
November, we are bombarded with 
ideas and subtle (or not-so-subtle) 

I'm still undecided. I am very 
much a democrat, and I would love 
to support Barack Obama, but he 
lacks executive experience, and I'm 
reluctant to support that. 

John McCain has done abso- 
lutely nothing to endear me to him. 
I think we all know by now that he 
was in the military. I think we all 
know he was a prisoner of war in 
Vietnam. Does he constantly need 
to remind us? 

I mean, they can continue to 
avoid the issues. The economic col- 
lapse, the war in Iraq and oil prices 
aren't that important. 

Well, McCain tries occasion- 
ally and ends up stumbling big time. 
His biggest mistake, though? Sarah 

Calm down, feminists. I'm not 
done yet. 

The choice of a female vice 
president is a good idea. A really 
good idea. It gives pro-Hillary wom- 
en someone to vote for. Of course, 
voting for a woman because she's a 

woman is no better than voting for 
a black man because he's black (an 
idea Robert Brown discussed last 
week on this very page). 

The choice of Sarah Palin for 
vice president was a bad choice. It 
was a reactionary move made with 
little thought other than "We need 
a chick!" 

And, please, give Obama all 
the grief you want about having 
little foreign affairs experience. At 
least he had a passport. Until re- 
cently, Palin didn't. 

There are plenty of choices, 
male or female, that would have 
been better than Palin. Plenty who 
have the experience and, more im- 
portantly, intelligence to be a good 
vice president. 

Some people I've spoken to 
think that McCain is enough re- 
publican-in-name-only to be guar- 
anteed a win. 

It could work, but you're to- 
tally discounting the fact that most 
Americans are tired of republicans, 

McCain cannot distance him- 
self from the Republican Party 
enough to be guaranteed anything. 
Add to that the skepticism people 
have about Palin. 

There are also people who 
think Obama is guaranteed to win 
because he's black, democratic and 
charismatic. He is all of the above, 
but he is inexperienced in the job 
he's aiming to get, and that won't 
be ignored. His job now is to con- 
vince us that he can do it. 

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Better future calls for new leadership 

Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

I tutor 
three times a 
week at L.P. 
Middle School 
for an upper 
level educa- 
tion class, and 

this past Friday was a complete rev- 
elation to me. 

I asked some middle school 
students what they wanted to do 
after they graduate high school, 
and aside from the general answers 
of "become a doctor," "join the mili- 
tary" and "be a firefighter," I had a 
kid who told me he just wanted to 
be alive by the time he graduated. 

That said, we as a society have 
failed somewhere in the past eight 
years under Pres. Bush's leader- 

We are no longer expanding 
civil rights or lifting Americans 
up out of poverty and giving them 
hope for a better future. 

We have slid backwards with 
many Americans, particularly those 
of minority ethnic backgrounds, in 
terms of hope and security for their 
families and themselves. 

We have failed, and we can - 
and have to - do better than this. 

Come Nov. 4, we have the 
chance to discontinue this back- 
ward slide we began almost from 
the moment Pres. Bush took office 
eight years ago with the election of 
Barack Obama as president of the 
United States. 

This man worked for years as 
a community organizer within the 
low socioeconomic minority-ma- 
jority districts in Chicago instead 
of taking a prestigious and high- 
paying job at a law firm. 

This man has given more peo- 
ple hope and united this country 
more than any other politician has 
since Robert Kennedy did in the 
late '60s before he was assassinat- 

I am proud to be voting for 
someone come November who has 
lived his Christian faith whole and 
with conviction to work with those 

less fortunate, and those who need 
our help the greatest. 

An Obama presidency would 
restore what we need in our schools, 
with music and arts restored to our 
classrooms and importance placed 
on all subjects. 

Barack Obama will work to re- 
store our image and honor in the 
international scene with our close 
allies, and even those who are not 
particularly friendly to us such as 
the presidents of Iran, Venezuela 
and Russia. 

Sen. Obama will work to end 
this war in Iraq that has cost the 
American taxpayers nearly a tril- 
lion dollars and in which nearly 
5,000 Americans gave their lives 
and paid the ultimate sacrifice for a 
war we should not be fighting. 

We do not need a man who 
can not remember the number of 
homes he owns, which turns out to 
be eight total. 

We deserve a man who is hon- 
orable and does not endorse the 
Bush-thought pattern as McCain 
has done. We need better. We need 
Barack Obama. 

Love isn't always black and white: 

Sometimes it's 'Grey' 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 


Every little girl dreams of a 
fairy tale. As 
we grow up, we 
glue our eyes to 
the lives formed 
by TV drama in 
hope the Mc- 
Dreamy in our 
lives would look 

at us the way Derek gazes at Mer- 

There was a fear creeping into 
our lives last season that perhaps 
the love duo would truly dissipate, 
but the house of candles warmed 
our girlish hearts as we yearned for 
the upcoming season. 

"Grey's Anatomy" not only in- 
troduces potential lust affairs and 
intriguing trauma this season, but 
also adds a glimmer of hope. 

Hope that Derek and Meredith 
finally get things together. Hope 
that George finally passes his intern 

Hope that Izzy and Alex fi- 
nally work out their issues. Hope 
that Cristina can fill the void after 
Burke's jilting. 

Hope that Lexi not only finds 
a man of her own, but also perhaps 
clears up more of the air with her 
half-sister, Meredith. 


Hope for all members of the 
cast that perhaps they can find that 

one fairytale ending we need them 
to have to potentially fulfill the one 
we, ourselves, desire. 

Sadly, the viewers might need 
to wait a few more episodes, or 
seasons, for the fairytale, because 
it wouldn't be a TV drama without 
the proverbial twists and turns and 
pulls in the plot. 

Is Derek's ex, Rose, truly preg- 
nant? Did Alex really not change at 
all? Is Lexi doomed to only long for 
George's affection? 

Will Derek take the heat again 
from the Chief's misdirected re- 
sentment toward Meredith? Is 
Cristina destined to live in Mere- 
dith's shadows? 

The endless array of questions 
fills our hopeful hearts as we dance 
carefully around our own relation- 
ships each week in hopes that we 
can learn from the doctors' mis- 

But, while the "Grey's Anato- 
my" doctors capture our hearts this 
season, reality sinks in as they ab- 
sorb themselves in their "number 
12" rating. 

Will the hospital fail to meet 
their standards just as its doctors 
fail their loved ones? 

Will the doctors consume 
themselves in ratings instead of 
medicine? How will this rating af- 
fect the remainder of the season? 

The doctors proved they 
weren't second rate when they not 
only froze a man, but enabled him 
to walk again. 

So perhaps if men can walk, 
then relationships can be saved and 
ratings increased. 

But should our lives truly be 
engulfed by TV drama and ratings? 
Should we truly allow the lives 
of these too-gorgeous-for-their- 
own-good doctors make us feel 
less about our own personal ap- 
pearances or relationship statuses? 
Should we allow an hour of our 
lives to be orchestrated around the 
TV Guide? 

Could, perhaps, the reason we 
yearn for these girlish fairytales be 
because we allow ourselves to be 
mesmerized by the tales some writ- 
ers conjure up while they wait for 
their lives to have meaning? 

Last season the show seemed 
to fall downhill. 

Granted, they have appeared 
to recover nicely, but all the TV 
drama fans out there were turned 
upside down by the endless reruns 
while they sat on the edge of their 
seats waiting for the moment the 
writers would return from their 

But for what? 

Don't get me wrong, the edge 
of my couch has a permanent butt 
imprint as I impatiently wait for all 
my TV dramas, but viewers, myself 
included, need to sometimes be re- 
minded that our lives shouldn't be 
dictated by TV characters. 

But, with shows like "Grey's 
Anatomy," sometimes it is easier to 
be consumed by fairytales. 

Experience does count 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

I hope some 
of you watched 
the presidential 
debate this Fri- 
day night or at 
least caught a 
glimpse of it. 

I thought 
one of the best 

moments was in the last couple 
minutes of the debate when Sen. 
John McCain was talking about ex- 

Let me just say that the word 
experience has been given many 
definitions this election. But there 
is a difference in the two candidate's 
definition of experience. 

So let's compare the experience 
of these two men. 

Sen. Barack Obama believes 
he is ready to take on the duty of 
president of the United States. 

According to his own Web site, 
he was state senator for eight years 
and then was elected, in 2004, to 

the U.S. Senate. 

He was sworn in Jan. 4, 2005, 
and is currently Illinois' senator. On 
Feb. 10, 2007 - note that this date is 
barely two years into his U. S. Sen- 
ate career - Obama announced his 
candidacy for president. 

Compare this to John McCain. 
McCain, according to his Web site, 
ran for a congressional seat in Ari- 
zona in 1982 and won. 

In 1986, he won his first term 
as U.S. Senator and is still serving 
as senator of Arizona. 

That is 22 years as the senator 
of Arizona. 

In the debate, McCain said, 
"There are some advantages to ex- 
perience and knowledge and judg- 
ment, and I honestly don't believe 
that Sen. Obama has the knowl- 
edge or experience." 

That is a quote from the tran- 
script of the debate. 

I could not agree more with 
McCain's statement. 

I am not saying Barack Obama 
is a bad guy. 

I am not voting against him be- 

cause he is African American. I'm 
not voting against him because he's 
too young. 

I am, however, voting against 
him, because he simply does not 
have the experience it takes to 
be the president of this country. 
Barack Obama's running mate Joe 
Biden said it well when he was still 
in the running for president. 

"The presidency is not some- 
thing that lends itself to on-the-job 
training," Biden said. 

Even his vice presidential 
choice knows he does not have 
what it takes. 

I guess Biden changed his 
mind just in time to be chosen by 
Obama as vice president, but that 
is another story. 

The point is Obama is not 
ready and we can't have a president 
who gets in office and hopes to be- 
come ready. 

We need someone who knows 
how to lead, who has been through 
things before, and who has the ex- 

John McCain is that man. 

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Slammin' show far from Shawshank 

Richelle Stephens 

Guest Columnist 

Ladies and 
gentlemen, wel- 
come to the new 
breed of violent 
animation, cour- 
tesy of the may- 
Cartoon Net- 
work animated series "Superjail!" 

I initially believed that "Tim 
and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!" 

- another series on the network's 
Adult Swim late night schedule 

- was the greatest television show 
since the American incarnation of 
"The Office." 

However, "Superjail!" is poised 
to tear through that honor like the 
steroid-charged character Alice, 

who tore through the tentacles of 
an octopus in Sunday night's televi- 
sion series premiere (there was an 
equally brilliant pilot created for 
Adult Swim's Web site last year). 

"Superjail!" is about exactly 
what its name implies: a jail. 

With a warden reminiscent 
of Willy Wonka overseeing an is- 
land penitentiary in the middle of 
a Utopian Psychedelia, "Superjail!" 
certainly transforms naive images 
into its own twisted exhibition of 
human folly. 

Then, of course, there is con- 
flict, and by conflict I mean severed 
limbs, melted faces and impaled 

However, don't feel as if you've 
a screw loose when you laugh (or 
perhaps revel, if that's "your thing") 
at the carnage; the violence is at 

times subtly planted within the 
acid trip of abstract animation and 
distorted sounds that (seemingly) 
make up the bulk of this series. 

You'd be hard pressed to find 
violent animation better than this; 
"Superjail!" makes "Metalocalypse" 
look like "Rugrats." 

Much like fellow Adult Swim- 
mer "Tim and Eric Awesome Show 
Great Job!," "Superjail!" relies on er- 
ratic (and, in this case, psychedelic) 
mood swings with intermittent 
flashes of avant-garde caliber imag- 
ery and writing. 

Where "Tim and Eric" utilizes 
lampooning of the ridiculous and 
low in society through skits that 
mock their ways of life and means 
of entertainment, "Superjail!" em- 
ploys embryonic yet explosive and 
vivid animation to mimic the chaos 

within the mind of the criminally 

Of course, you'd have to look 
closely to see all of this. 

On the surface it appears to 
be a cheap thrill catered to blood- 
thirsty adolescents who are up past 
their bedtimes. 

However, if you're not looking 
for the subtleties then you certainly 
won't find them. 

As with "Tim and Eric," it's 
quite difficult to find the true in- 
tentions behind the ridiculous, yet 
they can be found if enough effort 
is exerted. 

And that's the beauty behind 
that show and "Superjail!," and I'll 
be damned if I can find any other 
show on any other network today 
that can craft such brilliant exam- 
ples of abstract symbolism. 


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Features Reporter 

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News Editor 

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Staff Reporter 

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Opinions Editor 

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Staff Reporter 

Fletcher Jonson 
Sports Co-Editor 

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Freshman Scholar 

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Layout Editor 

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Student Media Adviser 

Andy Bullaid 
Sports Co-Editor 

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Web Editor 

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October 1, 2008 

Demons calm Savage Storm 

Photo by GaryHardamon^The Current Sauce 

Junior linebacker Isaiah Greenhouse returns a 69-yard interception for 
a touchdown, to help lead the Demons to a 63-12 victory. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

NSU earned its 27th consecu- 
tive win over a Division II opponent 
as the Demons blew by the Savage 
Storm of Oklahoma State, 63-12. 

The game started with NSU 
senior safety Justin Perry returning 
the opening kickoff back for a 95- 
yard touchdown. 

That would not be the only re- 
turn for a touchdown on the night. 
Kevin Perry, Justin's younger broth- 
er, gobbled up a blocked punt and 
returned it for a touchdown. Isaiah 
Greenhouse returned an intercep- 
tion, 69 yards, for the score. 

"Justin's kickoff return was a 
point of emphasis for us this week," 
head coach Scott Stoker told Sports 
Information. "We did a poor job 
in that phase last week, and we 
worked hard this week on staying 
on our blocks. We created space, 
and he ripped through it and took 
it the distance, gave us a great start. 
Then we scored off the blocked punt 
and on the interception return, the 
score got out of hand really too 
fast for us. We wanted more work 
in down-and-distance but weren't 
going to try to blow out any more 
lights on the scoreboard." 

Not only was the special teams 

and defense working for the De- 
mons, but the offense was clicking 
well, too. 

The running game rushed for 
339 of the team's 472 total offensive 

The bulk of those rushing yards 
went to senior running back Byron 
Lawrence, who had 147 yards and 
two touchdowns on 13 carries. 

This 100-yard game by Law- 
rence was his first of the season 
and moved him in to the top eight 
on the schools all-time rushing list 
and 100-yard games. He has accu- 
mulated 2,467 yards rushing and 11 
100-yard games. 

William Griffin and Steading 
Endsley also added with 138 yards 
and three touchdowns on 28 car- 
ries between the two. 

"We did what we should have 
done and got the game under con- 
trol right out of the gate. We knew 
we were the better team, and if we 
played well we should win going 
away. That happened, but you don't 
take it for granted. You look at USC 
at Oregon State, at the Miami Dol- 
phins beating the [New England] 
Patriots, at Ole Miss beating Flor- 
ida today, you've got to go out and 
work and win football games. It's 
not easy no matter who's across the 
field," Stoker told Sports Informa- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Senior saftey Justin Perry returns the opeaning kickoff 95 yards for a score. 


The offense attempted only 17 
passes with John Hundley complet- 
ing 9 of 14 passes for 98 yards and a 
touchdown pass to Darius Duffy. 

The 63 points scored by the 
Demons marks the second highest 
total points scored in one game for 
the Demons only behind the 87-27 
shellacking handed to Southeast- 
ern Louisiana in 2003. 

On the record watch, Robert 
Weeks scored nine more points to 

bring his career numbers to 178, 
only 29 points behind the record 
for most points scored in team his- 

The Demons have this week- 
end off as they prepare for the 
Nicholls State Colonels in a battle 
of the NSUs Oct. 11. 

"Playtime is over. We have two 
weeks until conference play starts. 
Every mistake from here on out is 
going to be magnified," coach Stok- 
er said. 

Wins build confidence 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Lady Demon volleyball 
team finds itself winning three of 
its last five matches after starting 
the season on a three- match losing 

NSU traveled to Conway, Ark. 
to battle the Sugar Bears of Central 
Arkansas in the opening game of 
the UCA Tournament Thursday. 

This game also started confer- 
ence play for both teams. 

The ladies in purple and white 
fell to the Sugar Bears three games 
to none. 

Yelena Enwere led the team in 
kills with 10. Megan Dockery had a 
team-high 26 assists. 

The next day, the Lady Demons 
took on the Arkansas Pine Bluff 
Golden Lions. 

NSU turned the tables, sweep- 
ing the match three to nothing. 
Yelena Enwere led the team in kills 
for an eighth game in a row with 13. 
Megan Dockery had a team-high 
30 assists. 

"We really unleashed on them 
today," head coach Brittany Uffel- 
man told Sports Information. "It 
was a really fun match. We got to 
play our entire bench, so that was 
really fun to see." 

NSU continued tournament 
play in Conway taking on Univer- 
sity of Louisiana- Monroe. 

The Lady Demons improved 
to 2-1 in tournament play, shoot- 
ing down the Lady Warhawks three 
games to one. 

Yelena Enwere and Megan 
Dockery paved the way for the Lady 
Demons, recording 20 kills and 42 
assists, respectively. Dockery also 
had 1 1 digs in the contest. 

Three days later, NSU trav- 
eled to Ruston to take on Louisiana 
Tech. The Lady Demons defeated 
LA Tech in four sets, improving 
their overall record to 4-4. 

"This is a good confidence 
builder as we head into conference 
play," Uffelman told Sports Infor- 

NSU returned home to open 
up conference against McNeese 

State coming off a four-game road 
trip. The game was scheduled to be 
in Prather Coliseum, but due to a 
malfunctioning air conditioner, the 
game was moved to the Health and 
Human Performance building. 

The Lady Demons jumped to a 
quick 2-0 lead but lost their luster 
losing the next two games, forcing 
a fifth game. 

NSU pulled away in the final 
game, winning 15-9, improving its 
record to 4-5 (1-1). 

"We know McNeese is a third- 
game team,"Uffelman told Sports 
Information. "So we knew we were 
going to be in a battle even after be- 
ing up 2-0." 

The Lady Demons hosted Ste- 
phen F. Austin Monday, losing to 
the defending champs three games 
to none. 

This loss drops NSU to 1-2 in 
conference. The Lady Demons lost 
25-21 in game one, and managed to 
muster only 23 points collectively 
in games two and three. 

The Ladyjacks outscored NSU 
75-44 in the three games. 

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Soccer team scores at will 

Photo by Gary Hardarnon/The Current Sjuce 

Markie Robichau blocks SFA's scoring attempt. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

Head coach Jimmy Mitchell 
notched his 100th win at NSU as 
the Lady Demons rolled over the 
Lady Jaguars of Southern Univer- 
sity, 10-0. 

"Scoring that much is more 
important from a confidence stand- 
point," Mitchell said. "We had a lot 
of players score, and that's also im- 

The Lady Demons got off to an 
early lead thanks to freshman Kayla 
King, who scored midway into the 
10th minute. 

Five minutes later, Kayce Shultz 
scored from 20 yards out. 

Meghan Hunter scored her first 
of two goals of the night in the 29th 
minute, giving the Lady Demons a 
three to nothing advantage. 

Only 58 seconds after Hunter's 
goal, Rose Lawrence scored from 
25 yards out in the 30th minute, 
with Gabrielle Assayag scoring the 

NSU continued to dominate 
in the first half. Early in the 32nd 

minute, Meghan Hunter scored 
her second goal of the night, giving 
the Lady Demons a five-goal half- 
time lead. The lead remained at 5-0 
until the 50th minute when Shultz 
scored her second of the night. 

Chelsey Gibbs scored her lone 
goal only 17 seconds later, extend- 
ing the lead 7-0. 

Late in the 62nd minute, Han- 
nah Casey, seeing her first minutes 
on the field due to injury, scored 
her first goal of the season from 25 
yards out. King was given the as- 

Maddy Hall finished off the 
scoring barrage with two goals, 
one in the 82nd minute and the last 
coming in the 87th minute. 

Mitchell, his new 100-74-17 
record and the Lady Demons soc- 
cer team have nine days off before 
they travel to Conway, Ark. to face 
the Sugar Bears of Central Arkan- 

NSU's record is now at 5-4-1 
on the season, with four of the five 
wins coming in the friendly con- 
fines of the Demon Soccer Com- 

Fourth and Fletch: Fork 'em 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Why do some people do what 
they do? Is it because they don't 
realize it's a big deal to people or 
because they know it's a big deal to 

I'm talking about the choice of 
clothing some people have at our 
athletic events, football primarily. 

I have been on the field for all 
four of our home football games 
because I work for Sports Informa- 
tion and I help keep stats. 

I will look at the people in the 
stands and see NSU shirts and hats 
almost everywhere. 

I say almost everywhere be- 
cause I sometimes see LSU shirts 
and hats in the crowd. 

I am a huge LSU fan. I was 
raised as an LSU fan, but I'm a De- 
mon now. 

If you are cheering for NSU 
and wearing an LSU shirt - or any 
other school, for that matter - get 
an NSU shirt or hat. 

When you enter Turpin Stadi- 
um, Prather Coliseum or any other 
Demon athletic venue, you have 
entered "Demon land." 

I must admit, I am guilty of do- 
ing this, but it was a long, long time 

Whenever I took over as the 
baseball public address announcer 
about three years ago, I wore an 
LSU hat to one of our games think- 

ing nothing of it. 

More than a handful of peo- 
ple said something to me about it. 
Since that day, I have not worn LSU 
apparel to an NSU ballgame. 

Director of Athletics Greg 
Burke was one of the people who 
said something to me about my 
fashion flaw. 

If there is someone in the ath- 
letic department to whom I'll listen, 
it's this man. 

I might not root for the same 
teams he does, since he's a fan of 
the Cavaliers, Browns and Buck- 
eyes, but I have nothing but respect 
for his authority. 

I know there are many people 
who say we could never compete 
with LSU, but they are wrong. 

Football is the only exception 
because LSU plays in the Football 
Bowl Subdivision, and we play in 
the Football Championship Subdi- 

In any other sport, we can 
compete with, if not beat, LSU. 

Fans supporting LSU while at- 
tending NSU events also show dis- 
respect to the organizations that 
work extremely hard to be good at 
what they do. 

The Spirit of Northwestern 
marching band, the NSU cheerlead- 
ers, the Demon Dazzlers and the 
pom line put in hours upon hours 
every week to represent NSU. 

If there is an organization that 
I failed to mention, I apologize. 

Would you ever see an NSU 
shirt or hat at an LSU football 
game? I highly doubt it. 

I understand when people 
wear other school's apparel to class, 
or even around campus. 

This really doesn't bother me. 
I see people wearing LSU, USC, 
Florida and even Michigan clothes. 

I have a friend who is a die- 
hard Michigan fan. 

He wears Michigan clothes all 
the time, but when Demon athlet- 
ics are concerened, he's Northwest- 
ern State all the way. 

If I see you at a game, I won't 
say anything to you because I have 
no authority to tell anyone what 
clothes they can and cannot wear. 

I know many people would ap- 
preciate the extra effort to support 
Northwestern State athletics. 

Since I am inside the athletic 
department, I see the time and ef- 
fort made by the staff. 

They don't work that hard so 
people can come to our games and 
support other teams. I know they 
don't appreciate this, either. How 
do the athletes feel when they work 
so hard everyday and aren't fully- 
supported by their "fans"? 

There are so many things that 
are not taken into consideration 

So please, whenever you come 
to support NSU, don't support us 
halfway. Either go big, or go home. 

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A considerable amount of students, faculty and staff and 
other community members attend the Obama rally. The mo- 
tivated and enthusiastic supporters carry signs and posters 
to show their interest in Obama. 

The chanting filled the air Fri- 
day afternoon as a rally for demo- 
cratic presidential candidate Barack 
Obama drew a large crowd to the 
parking lot of Prather Coliseum. 

Those attending anxiously 
awaited the arrival of the large blue 
and white "Obama Bus," which 
many students optimistically be- 
lieved might be transporting 
Obama's running mate Joe Biden 
- or even Obama himself. 

Although neither Obama 
or Biden were present, speak- 
ers included SGA President Cody 
Bourque and city councilwoman 
Sylvia Morrow, who rallied the pro- 
Obama students and staff of NSU. 

Among the attendees were 
representatives of College Demo- 
crats, Women for Obama and sev- 
eral independent students. Some 
members of the NSU faculty and 
staff also attended. 

Junior graphic design major 
Jayron Lenoir said he feels the large 

attendance at the rally is proof that 
students are taking an active role in 
the election. 

"Students aren't just talking, 
they're -actually acting," Lenoir 

However, not all attendees 
were there to support Obama. A 
different chant could be heard from 
behind the pro-Obama crowd. 

"Nobama! Nobama! Nobama!" 

An anti-Obama protest group 
appeared with signs displaying 
"Nope" and "Socialism is not the 
change we are looking for" about 
30 minutes after the rally began. 
The protesters - who asked not to 
be named in this article - clearly 
displayed their message at the rally: 
Obama is not the man they want as 

The students in the protest 
group said they felt that people 
were "swept up in a rock star men- 
tality" and "didn't know the issues" 
that are plaguing the country to- 

"I think people are so swept up 
in the mantra of change they don't 
know exactly what they're voting 
for," one protester said. 

Another agreed, saying, "Peo- 
ple don't know what they're getting 
themselves into." 

One of the protesters said 
he was "a devout Christian" who 
couldn't agree with some of the 
moral stances Obama has taken, 
which includes his pro-choice 
stance. Whether or not Obama 
supporters were only "concerned 
about race," as one protester men- 
tioned, the turnout for Obama was 
larger than expected. 

One student said he thought 
there were just going to be "some 
student groups and that's about it." 

The rally featured music and 
several guest speakers, as well as 
free Obama-Biden yard signs. 

Cloyd Benjamin, who helped 
organize the event, said that the 
main focus of the rally was to en- 
courage early voting and also to get 
younger voters out to the voting 

With the election just weeks 
away, Obama campaign rallies 
these last few weeks have been 
picking up with the hopes of build- 
ing the momentum needed to score 
a victory in the presidential race. 

University rakes in $4.4AA 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

President Randall J. Webb ac- 
cepted a $4.4 million check on 
behalf of NSU Thursday, sporting 
what he called "one of the broadest 
smiles you've ever seen" on him. 

"This has to rank among 
[NSU's] finest hours," Webb said. 

The millions are derived from a 
natural gas lease on 366.98 acres of 
university property in DeSoto Par- 

Secretary of the Louisiana 
Department of Natural Resources 
Scott Angelle visited the campus to 
present the check to the university 
with the help of Marjorie McKei- 
then, secretary of the state mineral 

Farmer John Henry Crow 
willed the property to NSU after his 
death in 1972 because of his friend- 
ship with a retired NSU professor, 
Webb said. 

Webb said the university is go- 
ing to make a recommendation to 
the Board of Supervisors to break 
up the $4.4 million into endow- 
ments for both students and faculty 
as well as money for capital projects 
around campus. 

He said he hopes to use $2.4 
million for endowed scholarships 
and $1 million for grants for faculty 
research, both of which should be 
available for the fall 2009 semester, 
Webb said. 

University administrators are 
currently ranking potential capital 
projects in order of importance, he 

The main prospective on-cam- 
pus project is the installation of a 
better key system throughout the 
campus, which Webb thinks would 
cost about $300,000. The president's 
cabinet must approve the project be- 
fore work can begin. 

"We work all the time trying to 
secure our assets," Webb said. "It's 
an outstanding priority. It's too im- 
portant not to." 

Louisiana Sen. Gerald Long 
began the check presentation with 
a few words about what this money 
could mean to NSU. 

"This is a historic moment for 
NSU and a great opportunity for 
NSU," Long said. 

Long handed the spotlight over 
to Angelle and McKeithen, who pre- 
sented the check to NSU on behalf 
of the state. 

"Today is a good day," Angelle 

said in his thick Cajun accent. "Who 
would've thought that 366 acres 
would have brought this amount of 
money to this university?" 

The DeSoto property is 
part of the Haynesville Shale for- 
mation - a rock formation com- 
posed of clay-sized particles depos- 
ited and buried in north Louisiana 
more than 170 million years ago, 
according to 

"Haynesville Shale remains a 
stable opportunity for us," Angelle 
said during the presentation. 

This may not be the only pay 
day for NSU. If SWEPI, a division 
of Shell that owns the lease on the 
property, is not in production with- 
in the first 12 months, the company 
must make a rental payment to the 
university, Angelle said. This pay- 
ment is half of the original $4.4 
million, and the university would 
receive another $2.2 million if there 
is no production within the second 
year of the lease. 

NSU is also entitled to 25 per- 
cent of royalties on any natural gas 
produced on the property. 

McKeithen said she was glad 
to present this check to NSU, and 
she emphasized how "smart" the 
university was to get this lease. 

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Gov. Bobby Jindal visited 
Natchitoches Monday for the sec- 
ond time within a month and spoke 
at the NSU campus as part of his 
town hall meeting tour. 

On his one-year anniversary 
of being sworn into office, Jindal 
spoke in Magale Recital Hall on is- 
sues concerning education, health- 
care, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, 
and even capital punishment for 
child rapists. 

"It's not every day that the gov- 
ernor comes to town," NSU Presi- 
dent Randall J. Webb said. 

Although he would have liked 
to have seen more students in atten- 
dance, Webb said he was neverthe- 
less pleased to see the large amount 
of students, faculty and members 
of the Natchitoches community 
that did hear Jindal's speech. 

Jindal's visit to NSU was pri- 
marily due to a request from Sen. 
Gerald Long, Webb said. Jindal 
had already made plans to attend as 
a special guest at a political fund- 
raiser in the Natchitoches Events 
Center for Long and then decided 
to stop by NSU as well. 

Although they knew Jindal 
would be speaking in Natchitoches 
for part of his tour, Webb said he 
and his officials did not receive 

confirmation of Jindal's plans to 
come on campus until last week. 

Webb explained that he and his 
officials had to meet with local and 
state police agencies to confirm lo- 
gistics and provide a safe environ- 
ment for the governor. 

Originally, Webb said he had 
hoped to have Jindal speak out- 
doors in the Alumni Plaza, but is- 
sues concerning Jindal's safety pre- 
vented him from doing so. 

During his speech, Jindal fo- 
cused a great deal of his time on 
the importance of education - both 
early and continued. 

Jindal addressed the change he 
is bringing to the public schools by 
describing the multiple bills that 
are being passed to give teachers 
more authority and create greater 
discipline in the classroom and the 
S3 billion that is being given to the 
public school system. 

He expressed the need for the 
state government to help graduat- 
ing high school students to "hit the 
ground running" if they wish to 
move cn to a college education. 

One way the state has helped 
do this is by completely funding 
the Taylor Opportunity Program 
for Students (TOPS) for the second 
year in a row, Jindal said. 

Jindal said it is time for every- 
one in Louisiana to stop using the 
state's financial status as a scape- 

goat because it is no longer an is- 

Because of the revenues the 
state receives from oil companies, 
Jindal explained Louisiana is not a 
poor state, and it should no longer 
be used as an excuse for the state's 
inadequate educational system. 

"We've had poor leadership, 
but we're not a poor state," Jindal 

Additionally, Jindal empha- 
sized the importance of creating 
in-state opportunities for college 

Too many of Louisiana's col- 
lege graduates are leaving Loui- 
siana to find jobs in other states, 
Jindal said. 

In order to increase the num- 
ber of Louisiana citizens who stay 
after graduating from college, 
Jindal explained that tax cuts are 
being made on out-of-state compa- 
nies, which will in turn bring more 
jobs to Louisiana. 

Jindal also said $530 million is 
being put into roads, bridges and 
infrastructures, which will create 
an environment that people will be 
proud of. 

After finishing his speech, 
Jindal answered the audience's 
questions and provided the oppor- 
tunity to meet and take pictures 
with the large crowd before head- 
ing to the political fundraiser. 

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Before giving his speech, Gov. Bobby Jindal greets people 
in the Alumni Plaza while the members of the NSU band 
played. Jindal's visit was one of many town hall meetings. 

Students' political potential at its highest 

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Student protesters express their negative feelings for Obama and the Democratic party at 
last Friday's Obama rally outside Prather Coliseum. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

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Congressional candidate Paul Carmouche addresses the NSU 
chapter of College Democrats in late September. 

While in college, students tend 
to experience many firsts, such as 
their first time living independent- 
ly. Next month, however, many 
students will experience another 
first: voting in a presidential elec- 

It appears that this 2008 presi- 
dential election will be the election 
in which the young American vot- 
ers finally reveal their true potential 
and influence concerning the polls. 

This year, 87 percent of Ameri- 
cans under the age of 30 said they 
will be voting in November - a six 
percent increase from 2004's elec- 
tion, according to the USA TO- 
DAY/GaUup polls. 

Additionally, the poll revealed 
that one quarter of the young vot- 
ers surveyed had worked on a cam- 
paign, joined a political club or at- 
tended a political rally. 

Unlike in the past elections, 
young voters believe the result of 
the election will truly affect their 

"This is the most important 
election of my lifetime," junior 
nursing major Natalie Webb said. 

Webb explained that because 
it is primarily her generation that is 
fighting in the Iraq war, and because 
current economic issues could 
potentially last for many years to 
come, young men and women take 
an active role in this election. 

"There is no one naive enough 
not to know we [young citizens] 

need to rock the vote," said Webb, 
who will be placing her first vote 
for a presidential election this No- 

Walt Rutland, a freshman gen- 
eral studies major, said he believes 
there are not enough NSU students 
staying updated on the political 

"There are a lot of people who 
don't really care, and that is tragic," 
Rutland said. 

Many of the NSU students in- 
terviewed, however, said they feel 
the problem is not that students are 
not excited about the election, but 
instead are uninformed. 

Sophomore nursing student 
Laura Bruce said she strongly be- 
lieves an example of this can be 
found amongst supporters of presi- 
dential candidate Barack Obama. 

"A lot of people don't know why 
they're even voting for Obama," 
Bruce said. 

This election will be the second 
presidential election in which se- 
nior business administrative major 
Posi Oshinowo has participated. 

In comparison to the 2004 elec- 
tion, Oshinowo said young people 
for both political sides have taken 
an "extremely active role." 

Although students are mo- 
tivated, Oshinowo added that he 
fears students will make blind, un- 
educated decisions. 

In order to help motivate and 
inform students, an Obama rally 
was held Friday in the Prather Coli- 
seum parking lot. 

Numerous people - mostly 
students - attended the rally and 
showed their support for Obama. 

Standing about 20 feet behind 
the crowd of Obama supporters, 
however, stood a gaggle of students 
in support of republican presiden- 
tial candidate John McCain. 

Equipped with posters, the 
McCain supporters caught the eye 
of many and did their best to ex- 
press their opposition to Obama's 
political views. 

When asked how he felt about 
the McCain fans, Oshinowo said 
he did not mind because they had 
just as much right to be there as the 
Obama supporters. 

Because it had a representation 
of both republicans and democrats, 
the rally was a valid example of the 
role young voters will take this No- 
vember, Oshinowo said. 

Students and organizations 
throughout the campus have taken 
other measures to ensure that a 

high number of young voters will 

Many students are registered 
to vote in their hometowns, rath- 
er than in Natchitoches, so Krista 
Dixon decided to help students re- 
alize that voting with an absentee 
ballot was an option. 

"I just wanted to help others be 
able to vote without having to trav- 
el all the way home," Dixon said. 

Dixon, a freshman pre-med 
student at the Louisiana Scholars' 
College, worked with the Student 
Government Association to pro- 
vide students with absentee ballot 
registration forms. 

She brought about 40 copies of 
the registration forms to the SGAs 
office and to SGAs Meet Your Sen- 
ator Day. 

Almost all of them were picked 


As a result of the magnitude 
of the presidential election, NSU's 
chapter of College Democrats has 
been attempting to bring a greater 
amount of students' focus to cur- 
rent local elections. 

Sophomore journalism major 
Jimmie Walker said the presiden- 
tial race is so tight that it has prac- 
tically "overshadowed" the local 

Tegan Rymer, president of the 
College Democrats, said her goal is 
to help alleviate this issue. 

Last month, the College Demo- 
crats invited Paul Carmouche, who 
is running for the congressional 
seat in Louisiana's fourth district, 
to come speak with the organiza- 
tion and other students. 

Although attendance for his 
speech was low, Carmouche en- 
couraged the audience to take an 
active role in the congressional 
election not only by voting, but 
also by assisting his campaign team 
with tasks, such as campaign rallies 
and polls. 

"I'm not really concerned 
about the size of the audience," 
Carmouche said. "I just want to in- 
volve young people." 

Although young voters are pre- 
dicted to show up in record num- 
bers come election day, experts 
predicted the same in the 2004 
election and young voters did not 
meet expectations. 

Nov. 4 could either serve as a 
turning point for the young genera- 
tions in terms of their political role 
or as a repeat of their traditional 
■indifference toward the political 

Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
October 22, 2008 


I want to rock and roll all week 

Homecoming week kicks off with Rock Band, lip sync, movie night 

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Junior social work major Monique Chachere plays guitar for Rock Band at the "Live Like an 
NSU Rock Star" homecoming kickoff party in the Friedman Student Union Monday night. 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

NSU students are leaving their 
books behind and living like rock 
stars for a week. 

As the opening party started in 
the Friedman Student Union, it was 
clear that this homecoming would 
be all about fun and rocking out. 

The "Live Like an NSU Rock 
Star" kickoff party gave students 
a chance to star in their own rock 
and roll band, participate in an in- 
flatable rock and roll jousting and 
fly jump and meet their homecom- 
ing court. Homecoming king Rod- 
erick Wilson and Homecoming 
queen Rachel McCalister led the 
court and attendees in the NSU 
fight song. 

"I can't wait for all of the events 
this week because they are going to 
be a lot of fun, but I am looking for- 
ward to the parade the most," Mc- 
Calister said. 

The student body voted for 
McCalister, a junior secondary 
business education major from 
Natchitoches, and Wilson, a senior 
hospitality management and tour- 
ism major from Bossier City, to 
reign over fellow students as this 
year's top rock stars. 

"I feel very honored that the 
student body voted me as the 
homecoming queen," McCalister 
said. "At first, I was in complete 
shock, and honestly, I am still a 
little in shock." 

Court members include: Wil 
Adams of Baton Rouge, La.; Nicho- 
las Courville of Basile, La.; Jeremy 
Evans of Longview, Texas; Andi 
Finimore of Bossier, La.; Akilah 
Givens of Monroe, La.; Marissa 
Guidry of Lake Charles, La.; Ed- 
die Higginbotham of Jennings, La.; 
Lauren Hughes of Savannah, Ga.; 
Hasim Jones of Shreveport, La.; 
Phillip Jean- Louis Jr. of Lafayette, 
La.; Lauren Lupo of Shreveport, 
La.; Maryann Mbaka of Houston, 
Texas; Devin Owens of Homer, 

La.; Kayla Pitcher of Natchitoches; 
Monica Randazzo of Chalmette, 
La.; Diante Turner of Natchitoches; 
Kendall Vinning of New Orleans 
and Robin Williams of Sulphur, La. 

Tuesday showcased a new 
homecoming event. 

"Welcome to Spirit Lane" is an 
event where students can get their 
vehicles decorated with school col- 
ors. The goal of the event is to paint 
the campus purple and to promote 
school spirit, SAB special events 
coordinator Lindsay Maggio said. 

A crowd of Demon fans 
watched a movie at Turpin Sta- 
dium. With the first two days 
over and a week of activities still 
planned, Maggio hopes the turnout 
of students will continue to grow. 

"I hope students come out and 
participate in all the free activities 
that the Student Activities Board 
sponsors," Maggio said. "I get a 
sense of pride and accomplishment 
when a diverse group of students 
comes out to any of the events we 
plan during the year, but I hope ev- 
eryone will come out, have a great 
time and get ready for the big game 
on Saturday." 

Students still have time to rock 
out on campus this week. Wednes- 
day is service day. 

Students and participating or- 
ganizations will spend their day 
cleaning up campus. 

A recycling station will be set 
up in the Student Union Ballroom 
from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and a fun 
run, sponsored by the WRAC, is 
scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Spirit lane 
will also be open at 5:30 p.m. for 
those who would still like to have 
their vehicle decorated. 

The biggest traditions dur- 
ing homecoming week are the last 
events of the week. On Thursday, 
the lip sync contest will take place 
in the student union ballroom at 
7 p.m. Campus organizations per- 
form skits to homecoming theme- 
related music and show their De- 
mon spirit. 

Friday is the homecoming pa- 
rade where organizations design 
floats and ride through town to the 
stage by Cane River. Once there, 
a pep rally will end homecoming 
week festivities. 

Developing friendships, work- 
ing with other students in various 
organizations and celebrating each 
other's accomplishments makes 
homecoming week worthwhile, 
Higginbotham said. 

"When we are all excited, unit- 
ed and supportive for a cause then 
there is no limit to the amount of 
good things that can happen here 
at NSU," Higginbotham said. 

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kickoff party during the fight 
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Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

The Theta Lambda Nupes, 
NSU's chapter of the Kappa Alpha 
Psi fraternity, planned on showing 
the ladies true gentlemen during 
Kappa Week - though they try to 
do that on a daily basis anyway. 

Kappa week, also known as 
"The Week of the Gentlemen," fo- 
cused on catering to the women 
and giving back to the community. 

The Nupes kicked off their 
week Sunday with a church service 
at the St. Anthony of Padua Catho- 
lic Church. 

On Monday the Nupes tutored 
children for an hour at the Boys 
and Girls Club and cleaned up the 
city streets with the Adopt-A-Road 
program later that evening. 

Tuesday, the first Pretty-Cold 
Klassic was held at the Martin Lu- 
ther King Jr. recreational center. At 
the Klassic, the Nupes battled it out 
with the Alphas on the basketball 

"It's been eight or nine years 
since a Greek versus Greek compe- 
tition has happened," Kappa mem- 
ber Robert Moran said. 

The Nupes invited their fel- 
low students to the practice field 
Wednesday for the Kappa Kook- 
out, which provided everyone with 
food, fun and fellowship. Everyone 
had his or her reasons for attending 
the cookout. 

"I like barbecue and anything 
on the grill," freshman psychology 
major Tierra Kirts said. 

Thursday, the Kappas threw a 
party - "Kourtesy Hall: The Hunt 
for Miss Independent" - at the Ben 
Johnson Auditorium. The Nupes 
ended their week Friday night with 
martini night at Ron's House of 
Sports. The first 50 ladies received 
two free martinis on the Kappas. 

"We do it for you," NSU's Kap- 
pa chapter adviser William Cart- 
wright said. 

Graveyard hunters 
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Students and faculty tear up the floor at a ballroom dance workshop Saturday. 

Dancing with the scholars 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

The Scholars' College held a 
workshop Saturday, Oct. 11. in the 
Student Union Ballroom - a fitting 
venue, considering that the work- 
shop was on ballroom dancing. 

NSU students, faculty and staff 
gathered under the instruction of 
Mike Cundall, a philosophy profes- 
sor at Scholars', and wife Amy Wer- 
ner, assistant director of alumni 
and development. 

With a turnout of about 11 
couples, Cundall and Werner im- 
pressed the fundamentals of swing 
dance and the foxtrot. 

After the initial surprise of 
these new concepts, the couples 
seemed to quickly grasp the steps, 
which prompted Cundall to play 
faster music and quicken the cou- 
ples' steps. 

In addition to footwork, 
Cundall stressed the importance 
of leads and follows. Typically in 
dance males are the leads and fe- 
males are the follows. 

This setup is not only for aes- 
thetics, but also for clear commu- 
nication. The attention is supposed 

to be on the follow, but the lead 
must be able to communicate with 

"I'm the picture. She's the 
frame," said Cundall as he demon- 
strated how unusual arm and foot 
movement detracts attention from 
the follow. 

Once the couples understood 
this, Cundall and Werner explained 
the fluidity of dance. After notic- 
ing a few couples having difficulty 
determining their partners' next 
moves, Cundall made this point: 

"I don't need to lift my arm 
high in the air to let her know to 
turn. If I gently lift and move my 
body she'll know." 

Werner then reiterated this 
from the follow 's point of view. 

"He's not jerking me or apply- 
ing a lot of force," Werner said. "The 
hardest thing for people to under- 
stand is that the communication 
occurs from the waist down." 

Some of the students who at- 
tended were Scholars' College stu- 
dents who didn't have much inter- 
est and weren't very excited about 
the 10 a.m. time slot. However, af- 
ter about an hour of dancing their 
viewpoint changed to a better one. 

"I mainly came because Dr. 
Cundall asked me to," sophomore 
liberal arts major Mathew Morri- 
son said. "I wasn't too happy about 
it being so early, but now I'm glad I 

Some of the faculty and staff, 
however, embraced the idea of the 
workshop from the beginning. 

"I always liked dancing, ball- 
room and salsa," economics in- 
structor Dorothy Jones said. "It's 
so smooth and lovely. Also, having 
a workshop like this on campus 
makes it easier. I don't have to go 
off to Shreveport to find something 
nice like this." 

Cundall and Werner also want- 
ed to express the physical benefits 
of dancing. 

"If nothing else, it's great exer- 
cise and it's fun," said Werner. 

The workshop was not only a 
means to introduce people to danc- 
ing. It was also a way to support the 
Scholars' College. 

A $30 donation was encour- 
aged to fund various activities of 
the college, but dancing remained 
the focal point. 

There might just be another 
dancing workshop in the mix. 

Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

Why does a cemetery have to 
keep a fence around it? 

Because people are dying to 
get in. It may be a corny joke, but 
fences couldn't keep members of 
the Natchitoches Historic Founda- 
tion and even Spirit Hunters out of 
the local cemetery Saturday night. 

The Natchitoches Historic 
Foundation presented the first 
Haunted History Tour in American 
Cemetery. Many people came for a 
night of spooky fun with a twist - it 
was educational. 

People from the area volun- 
teered for roles portraying famous 
historical figures in Natchitoches 
history. Numerous significant 
events were reenacted, such as the 
assassination of Mayor Pulman and 
the duel between Gen. Galennie 
and Congressman Pierre Bossier. 

No Halloween event could be 
complete without NSU's resident 
haunt. Isabella, played by inservice 
coordinator for the Writing Project 
Mary Koleas, gave a dramatic pre- 
sentation of the events that lead to 
Isabella's death. 

Payne Williams, chairman and 
board member with the Natchi- 
toches Historic Foundation, helped 
organize and wrote scripts for the 

"It teaches some history of the 
town," Williams said. 

The event wasn't intended to 
be scary, but rather spooky and fun. 
The Natchitoches Historic Founda- 
tion is a nonprofit organization that 
strives to preserve Natchitoches 
history. The money raised dur- 
ing the tour will be used to restore 
buildings and sponsor educational 

NSU students from a variety 
of disciplines attended the event 
to help set up and guide groups 
through the cemetery. 

Heritage Resources graduate 
Catherine Lobre received service 

learning hours for participating 
and was able to interact with the 
Spirit Hunters, a group of paranor- 
mal investigators. 

"I love it," Lobre said. "It's so 
much fun, and I'm learning about 

The Spirit Hunters is a "seri- 
ous group of individuals dedicated 
to the study of paranormal activ- 
ity," according to the Spirit Hunters 
Web site. An informational table 
was stationed near the end of the 
tour. A briefcase of ghost hunting 
tools sat opposite a laptop that dis- 
played segments of data collected 
from various locations to groups of 

Prior to the event, the group 
explored the Judge Porter house 
after receiving a phone call about 
several strange phenomena occur- 
ring in the house, said Shelly Mills, 
a southern case manager for the 

The group captured an electric 
voice phenomenon, or EVP, during 
their investigation. Investigators 
record themselves talking or ask- 
ing questions with a digital voice 
recorder. It is only until the audio 
is played back that they can some- 
times hear voices answering. 

The group often receives calls 
from homeowners suspecting 
paranormal activity. The group 
then schedules investigations free 
of charge, Mills said. 

While there have been cases 
of malignant forces in a dwelling, 
Mills said it's nothing like the mov- 
ies. The spirits usually don't know 
they are dead and continue their 
daily routine as if they were still 

"It's very rare we run across an 
intelligent spirit," Mills said. 

The Hunters do investigations 
a few times a month, but not at par- 
ticular times as much of it is just 
superstition, Mills said. 

People interested can apply to 
join the group through their Web 

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October 22, 2008 


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Joe Cunningham 

Opinion Editor 

Obama is the 
newest Back- 
street Boy. His 
latest album, 
"Changes," fea- 
tures the chart- 
topping hit "Yes We Can." 

if you've been to any rally or 
event held in honor of Obama, you 
know this. The chanting, the cheer- 
ing... it's a rock concert. Welcome 
to Rocktober. 

Now, the rock star is delivering 
a slew of great hits to the public, 
don't get me wrong. 

His words are pretty, but they 
are just repackaged. John McCain 
supports corporate tax cuts, which, 
in all honesty, is boring. 

However, if you narrow that 
statement down and say "John Mc- 
Cain supports tax cuts for Big Oil!" 
and, by God, you've got yourself a 

And don't get me started on 
taxes. I don't have the time or the 
energy to dive into that Great Be- 
yond, and, even if I did, I don't think 
you do. 

His "songs" are a bit repeti- 
tive. Repeating the same line over 
and over again really only works for 
Rage Against the Machine. 

Obama is still having problems 
with his past associations. 

Now, Bill Ayers isn't exactly an 
American hero, but Obama doesn't 
deserve a second McCarthyist 
movement against him. 

The Ayers issue is still floating 
around, but bringing it up again 
reeks of desperation. 

It didn't work in the primaries, 
and it isn't working now. Sorry, re- 

Go out and hammer him on 
the issues. It's not that hard, guys. 

Hey, McCain hasn't helped 
himself much in the last few weeks, 
that much is certain. He looks kind 
of scary these days. 

You can tell he's not helping 
himself because we've returned to 
the Clintonian tactics of attacking 
Obama's character rather than his 

McCain himself hasn't been 
taking the shots at Obama, but his 
advertisements and his vice presi- 
dent, Sarah Palin, have. 

We're close to the end. McCain 
is pulling campaign stations out of 
vital states while Obama is holding 
rallies throughout the conservative 

McCain's own state, Arizona, 
only shows him at seven points 
ahead of Obama. 

The state has voted for a demo- 
crat once since 1948. 

Our rock star, Barack Obama, 
is on a successful tour, and, love him 
or hate him, he seems to be coming 
to a White House near you. 

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All this and more at 

Searching for beauty in mirrors 
despite society's expectations 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

Long, lean, perfect build, Bay- 
watch breasts, 
the ultimate Bar- 
bie doll. 

Did you 
know that Bar- 
bie is a 6' 101 
lb. woman with 
a 39" bust size, 

and a store mannequin is a 6' plas- 
tic replica of a woman with a 34" 

Meanwhile, the average woman 
is only 5'4" and weighs 145 pounds 
with an average bust size of 36.5", 
according to Anorexia Nervosa and 
Related Eating Disorders, Inc. 

Women should be able to look 
into the mirror without a doubt 
that they are beautiful. They should 
see their radiance. 

But because of society's influ- 
ence, they don't. I don't. 

In society's beauty pageant, 
who feels like a winner? 

We are taught from birth: 
stomach in, chest out. We are 
taught that unless we are beautiful 
no man will desire us. No man will 
ask me to be his bride. 

Women put themselves 
through immense amounts of tor- 
ture to reach this ideal beauty. 

According to a study conduct- 
ed by the nonprofit YMCA, nearly 
11.7 million cosmetic surgical and 
nonsurgical procedures were per- 
formed in the US in 2007 - a 446 
percent increase in 10 years. 

The most popular of these pro- 
cedures: botox injections, liposuc- 
tion and breast augmentation. 

Women spend millions of dol- 
lars on beauty products in a life- 
time in order to obtain some ideal 

They spend $7 billion a year, 
an average of about $100 each, on 
cosmetics and beauty products, ac- 
cording to the YMCA study. 

For what? 

We try so hard to please some- 
one else, but we find disappoint- 
ment in every mirror we come 

We expect someone else to 
find our beauty, but we don't see 
the beauty in our mirror. 

Reflections are funny things. 
We often see what we want to 
see, and typically that's not always 
something beautiful. 

We strive to be desired, and we 
are taught that beauty is the key to 
a man's heart. 

But what is beauty? 

Is it something you can get 
from a box or a pill or a member- 

Is beauty the few gorgeous girls 
willing to be placed in magazines or 
on billboards? 


Beauty is the sky after a hor- 
rible storm. Beauty is the way 
you look right when you wake up. 
Beauty is that person in the mirror 
when you get ready for bed. 

Beauty is not something we 
should need to pay for. 

But why don't we see that 

beauty in the mirror? 

Why do we find the desire to 
torture ourselves each morning? 
Do we do it to make ourselves feel 
better or to meet someone else's 

Reality shows such as "Ex- 
treme Makeover" and "Hollywood" 
convince us that surgery is the only 
alternative when we feel like the 
black sheep. 

Diets such as Weight Watchers, 
Jenny Craig and Special K, while 
ideally something that we .should 
want to do to become a healthier, 
happy us, have become torturous 
techniques in attempt to keep up 
with society's impossible demands. 

Some women even take diet- 
ing to the extreme and physically 
hurt themselves to meet this ideal 

One percent of female adoles- 
cents have anorexia, and four per- 
cent of college-age women have 
bulimia, according to research con- 
ducted by Anorexia Nervosa and 
Related Eating Disorders, Inc. 

But why? 

How many women watch 
beauty pageants and wish they pos- 
sessed the same beauty as the beau- 
ty queen? 

How many women pass up op- 
portunities to flaunt their beauty 
because they fail to see how capti- 
vating they truly are? 

You are beautiful. You are cap- 
tivating. You are breathtaking. 

In today's beauty pageant, we 
are all winners. We just fail to see 
the beauty we capture. 

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Obama strikes terror 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

In the most recent debate, Sen. 
John McCain suggested that Sen. 
Barack Obama 
answer ques- 
tions about his 
with William 

name has been 
thrown around 
in newspaper headlines and on the 
evening news, yet some people still 
don't know who he is. 

According to, 
Ayers was a member of the Black 
Panthers who plotted to destroy 
some New York landmarks and 
different stores. He was also part 
of a group called "Weather Un- 
derground," which is a group that 
protested U.S. policies by bombing 
the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and 
some other government buildings. 

After surrendering in 1980, 
Ayers and his wife moved to Hyde 
Park, Chicago. This was after the 
charges against them were dropped 
because of improper surveillance. 

As explained in detail on ib-, Ayers went on to 
be the education professor at the 
University of Illinois at Chicago. 
Somewhere along the way he met 

In the 1990s, Ayers and his 
wife hosted a "meet and greet" at 
their home for Obama during his 
first run for state senator. 

Later in 2001, Ayers donated 
money to Obama's campaign. Ayers 
and Obama also served on a board 
together from 1999 until 2002. Ac- 
cording to the Sun Times, this par- 
ticular board met four times a year, 
making Obama's claim of not asso- 
ciating with Ayers a lie. 

On the morning of Sept. 11, 
2001, the New York Times ran a 
story about Ayers' book, "Fugitive 
Days." According to the New York 

Times, in this book Ayers says, "I 
don't regret setting bombs. I feel we 
didn't do enough." 

It is scary enough that Ayers is 
still out on our streets, but to think 
that Obama, who could be our next 
president, is associated with this 
man is absolutely terrifying to me. 

No matter how many times 
Obama claims he has nothing to 
do with Ayers, facts are facts. He 
has received money from an un- 
repentant terrorist and yet when 
asked about this, he dances his way 
around the questions. 

I do not understand what kind 
of person claiming to have good 
intentions would not refuse this 
man's money and help. Ayers is a 
man who clearly hates America 
and wants to destroy America's 

This is all on record and no 
matter how much Obama contin- 
ues to lie about his relationships 
with crazy people, the truth is out 
there if you look for it. 

Our country has seen more 
than its share of terrorist attacks. 
I hate to say this, but if we elect 
Obama as president, we are ask- 
ing for terrorists, just like Ayers, to 
come after our country. 

As stories about Ayers and Jer- 
emiah Wright continue to pour out, 
we must realize that Obama cannot 
be trusted. 

Just like Gov. Mike Huckabee 
said at the RNC, "Maybe the most 
dangerous threat of an Obama 
presidency is that he would con- 
tinue to give madmen the benefit 
of the doubt. 

If he's wrong just once, we will 
pay a heavy price." The transcript of 
Huckabee's speech can be found on as well as 

We cannot afford the risk of 
Obama being president. This is 
about our country's safety and fu- 

Please, for our country's sake, 
think about this. Don't take my 
word for it. Look it up. 


Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

David Royal 
News Editor 

Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 

Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editor 

Fletcher Jonson 
Sports Co-Editor 

Haven Barnes 
Layout Editor 

Michael Silver 
Ad/Operations Manager 

Kevin Clarkston 
Features Reporter 

Amanda Crane 
Staff Reporter 

Asya Mitchem 
Staff Reporter 

Tiffany Thomas 
Freshman Scholar 

(arrett Reeves 
Student Media Adviser 

Devon Drake 
Web Editor 

At the Obama rally at Prather last Friday 

Richelle Stephens/The Current Sauce 

Apathy angers spirited student 

Devon Drake 

Web Editor 

are interfering 
with my college 

"I only need 
C's to graduate." 

Over the 
past three years 
I've spent at 

NSU, I've heard these two phrases 
hundreds of times. 

One would think I'd be used to 
hearing them by now, but it still ap- 
palls me when I hear a student say 
either one. 

The fact that anyone can down- 
play the importance of his or her 
education in such a manner baffles 

I can think of a plethora of 
reasons why the apathy of these 
students drives me insane, but one 
thought surpasses the rest: 

The choices you make while at 
NSU will affect the rest of your life. 

What you're studying now will 
be your livelihood once you leave. 

How could anyone treat such 
an important aspect of his or her 
life with such passiveness? 

Think about that for a mo- 

The people you see blowing off 
classes will some day be responsible 
for knowing that information. 

Sure, some classes may not 
be as important, such as "Explor- 
ing the Arts," but when you see a 
nursing major skipping "Methods 
of Medication Dosage Calculation," 
something is wrong. 

I don't know about you, but 
when I'm in the hospital, I want to 
be assured that my nurse knows the 
correct dosage of Heparin before 
I'm injected. 

Another key part of educa- 
tion is the actual application of that 

Sometimes, I'm amazed by 
how apathetic some students are 
when presented with the chance to 
actually practice what they've been 
studying. I've done two internships 
and am involved in two or three 
projects dealing with my major. 

These experiences provided 
me with an insight into the "real 
world," and assured me that I'm go- 
ing to enjoy what I do for the rest of 
my life. 

Conversely, I have friends who 
have avoided the chance to expe- 
rience what they'll be doing after 
college. One of them came back to 
NSU to get a different degree. 

I'm not saying every student 
at NSU is unconcerned with the 
future. In fact, I've seen many ex- 
amples to the contrary. 

Take, for example, The Current 

The publication you are read- 
ing right now is researched, written 
and produced by a staff of students, 

predominantly journalism stu- 
dents, who spend a portion of their 
free time working for a publication 
that will probably help them find a 
job when they leave this university. 

Most students look at The 
Sauce as a collection of stories peo- 
ple ram out in a few minutes, much 
like this article. 

However, when I look at The 
Sauce, I see hours of work from 
students who run around campus 
performing interviews and editors 
who stay up until the crack of dawn 
designing the paper, all for the sake 
of gaining experience, so when they 
go out into the world, they'll know 
what they're doing. 

I hope students realize the im- 
portance of the classes they're tak- 
ing at NSU and start making an in- 
vestment in their future. 

I might be flying to Blooming- 
ton, 111. for a job interview soon. 
I'll be damned if I want a pilot who 
skipped the class on landing. 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
October 22, 2008 

Turnovers burn Demons 

■ — 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 
Byron Lawrence rushes for more than 1 00 yards for a third straight game. 

Stephen Borne 

Sauce Reporter 

The Northwestern State De- 
mons faced the Southeastern 
University Lions Saturday at the 
venerable Strawberry Stadium in 
Hammond, La. 

Going into this game, the De- 
mons had a record of 27-24 against 

Including this game, NSU's re- 
cord is 27-25. The Demons started 
game play against Southeastern in 
1935. They stopped playing in 1985 
until the series continued in 2003. 

When it comes to playing 
Southeastern at Turpin Stadium, 
the Demons have beaten South- 
eastern every time since 2003. 

In the Demons' first game 
against Southeastern in 2003, they 
pummeled the Lions with the final 
score being 87-27. 

It was a tough loss this week- 
end with the final score being 26- 

Head coach Scott Stoker be- 
lieves the players need to step up 

and play . r ell every single game, 
according o Doug Ireland's article, 
"Little thirds keep Demons from 2- 
start in LC." 

The tarn needs to become 
more consstent, Stoker said. There 
were too Tiany turnovers in the 
game, incliding two fumbles on the 
Lions' 21 aid 10-yard lines, Stoker 

Senioi running back Byron 
Lawrence ushed for 159 yards on 
29 carries nth a touchdown. 

Drew kanch completed 20 of 
33 passes or 256 yards in his first 
start of th season. He added two 
touchdowis and an interception. 

Once itudents mess up, they 
must eithe jump back up and claim 
their territory or they will keep get- 
ting knockd around by the other 

This weekend, the Demons will 
return hone to play the Sam Hous- 
ton State 3earkats at the home- 
coming gane at 2 p.m. 

NSU i 1-1 in conference play, 
4-3 overall while the Bearkats are 
0-2 in contrence play, 2-3 overall. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 
Quarterback Drew Branch throws for 256 yards in his first start of the season. 

Soccer scores big 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

For the Lady Demons soccer 
team, this weekend was nearly a 
mirror image of the one before. 

Both weekends, the Lady De- 
mons went 1-1, with the losses be- 
ing in heartbreaking fashion. The 
wins were a total domination. 

The loss this weekend came by 
the feet of the Southeastern Loui- 
siana Lady Lions, 1-0. Dana Myer 
scored the lone goal for the Lady 
Lions in the 52nd minute. 

The Lady Demons only man- 
aged two shots on goal. This loss 
marks the second one-goal loss in 
conference play, with the other loss 
to McNeese State. 

Goalkeeper Lindy Strahan 
managed to stop two of the three 
shots on goal by SLU. 

"It was a tough loss to swal- 
low," head coach Jimmy Mitchell 
said. "Their record may be better 
than ours, but I feel we had the bet- 
ter team. It just didn't happen." 

The last time the Lady Demons 
played the Nicholls State Lady Col- 
onels. The final score was 6-0. This 
time in the battle of the NSUs, the 
Lady Demons came out victorious, 
7-2. The scoring for the Lady De- 

mons started off early when junior 
defender Lacie Hughes scored her 
first goal of the season in the first 
minute of game play. 

Chelsea Gibbs scored the sec- 
ond goal in the seventh minute, 
and Kayce Schultz scored the third 
and fourth goals only three minutes 
apart. Gibbs netted her second goal 
of the night in the 18th minute to 
bring the score to 5-0. 

In the second half, defenders 
Bobbie Hayes and Chelsea Broz- 
gold each added a goal. The two 
goals scored by the Lady Colonels 
came on penalty kicks late in the 

"To win championships, you 
have to be able to win on the road," 
Mitchell said. "We have two impor- 
tant games coming up this week at 
home where we have been success- 

Home has definitely been kind 
to the Lady Demons with a record 
of 6-1-1. NSU's record now stands 
at 8-6-1 on the season overall and 
3-2 in conference play. 

The Lady Demons host the 
Lady Bearkats of Sam Houston 
State and the defending South- 
land Conference champs Stephen 
F. Austin Ladyjacks on Oct. 24 and 
26, respectively. 

Recent Demon Events 

10/15 Volleyball vs. UTA* 

10/17 Soccer (a) SLIT 

0/18 Football @ SLIT 

10/18 Volleyball <§> Texas St* 

10/19 Soccer @ Nicholls* 

W 3-0 

L 0-1 

L 21-26 

L 0-3 

W 7-2 
'Denote conference game 

Upcoming Demon Events 


Volleyball vs. UTSA* 

7 p.m. 


Soccer vs. SHSU* 

7 p.m. 


Football vs. SHSU* (rC) 

2 p.m. 


Volleyball vs. TAMU-CC* 

7 p.m: 


Soccer vs. S.F.A.*+ 

2 p.m. 


*Denoes conference game 
+Denotes Senior Day 

Injury bug bites volleyball team 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-editor 

The Lady Demons volleyball 
season has been filled with injuries 
and streaks of losses, and last week 
the NSU volleyball team ended its 
losing streak, but may have started 
another one. 

The Lady Demons hosted the 
Lady Mavericks of the University of 
Texas at Arlington on Oct. 15 and 
ended their season-high four-game 
losing streak by the score of three 
sets to none. 

Leading the way for the Lady 
Demons was Yelena Enwere, who 
had 13 kills and only one error. 

Markie Robichau also added 
nine kills and 12 digs. The Lady 
Demons combined for a total of 
49 kills with only 12 errors, leaving 
their average at .319, the highest 
for the Lady Demons in conference 
play all season. 

"We needed a win so bad," head 
coach Brittany Uffelman said. "We 
knew we couldn't take a team to 
four or five [sets] because of our in- 
juries; we just don't have the depth. 
We made some adjustments, if you 
noticed Megan Manning was hit- 
ting for us, and she was our libero 
all last year." 

Hoping to build off the mo- 

mentum of a win, the Lady Demons 
then traveled to San Marcos, Texas 
to face off against the Texas State 
Lady Bobcats. 

However, the momentum 
gained from the victory over UTA 
was not enough to propel the Lady 
Demons ahead of the Lady Bob- 
cats, losing in straight sets 3-0. 

The only real bright spot for 
the Lady Demons was Yelena En- 
were, who led the team in kills with 
seven. Zanny Castillo led the team 
in digs with 13. 

The hitting averages between 
the two games were at both ends of 
the spectrum. 

The Lady Demons had a hit- 
ting percentage of .319 against 
UTA and a .059 hitting percentage 
against Texas State. 

The Lady Demons next begin 
a four-game home stretch, starting 
with University of Texas at San An- 
tonio Lady Road Runners, tomor- 
row night at 7 p.m. 

Passing will be a key factor for 
the Lady Demons to win. 

Uffelman stressed the impor- 
tance of passing for the team's suc- 
cess so setter Megan Dockery can 
stay set and improve the quality of 
her passes. 

NSU is 7-11 overall and 2-7 in 
Southland Conference play. 

Fourth and Fletch: BCS equals BS 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

College football is a wonder- 
ful time of the year. There are key 
match- ups every weekend. There 
are upsets, exciting games and 
blowouts. But here is one thing that 
always puzzles me and in some way 
baffles me every year. 

There's this little thing called 
the BCS - Bowl Championship Se- 
ries - that determines who plays in 
the National Championship. 

The BCS, or as I like to so clev- 
erly call it, the Bull Crap System, 
started with Tennessee winning the 
first championship in 1998. 

Since then, there has been 
nothing but confusion, disappoint- 
ment and a little happiness to tag 
along, if your team didn't get shaft- 

Of course, if there are two un- 
defeated teams, they should play 
for the title, unless it's Hawaii or 

That said, there's still an argu- 
ment. Why penalize them for win- 
ning all the games they were sched- 
uled? That is why a playoff system 
needs to be enforced. 

Division 1-AA, a.k.a the Foot- 
ball Championship Subdivision, is 
doing it right. 

They take the conference win- 
ners and let them play it out. Why 
can't the Football Bowl Subdivi- 
sion (FBS) do it that way? There are 
things that come to mind, but that's 

a different column. 

The BCS was released this week 
for the first time in the season. Tex- 
as is No. 1, rightfully so. Alabama 
earned the No. 2 spot, followed by 
Penn State, Oklahoma and USC. 

It infuriates me that USC is in 
the top five. Florida is ranked five 
in the AP Poll, with USC at six. 
Florida is No. 10 in the BCS. How? 
That's all I can ask. It doesn't make 

No one can argue USC's 
strength of schedule. Sure, they de- 
stroyed Ohio State, but it was Ohio 
State without Beanie Wells, which 
is like the Saints without Drew 
Brees or the Patriots without Tom 

What irritates me even more is 
Oklahoma State is ranked behind 
USC in the AP Poll and BCS. 

OSU is undefeated in what I 
think is the second best confer- 
ence, the Big XII. Texas Tech is in 
the same position. 

There is no need to put num- 
bers in a computer to figure out 
who is playing for the National 

Every conference needs to have 
a championship game, regardless of 
how many schools are in the con- 

There needs to be a playoff sys- 
tem. The bowl games don't have to 
be eliminated. Contracts with the 
sites can be kept. Revenue would 
not go down. People would still 
make money. 

This is something people have 
been screaming for years. Of course 
people would go to the games. I'd 
go if I could afford it. 

The first time the BCS really 
hit me was the 2003 season: LSU 
vs. Oklahoma for the champion- 

Should OU have been in it? 
Absolutely not. OU didn't even win 
the conference championship, so 
how could they win the national 

It should have been LSU vs. 
USC. The next season Auburn, 
USC and OU go undefeated. Au- 
burn finished undefeated in the 
best and toughest conference in the 

They get the short end of the 
BCS stick and are left out. With a 
playoff system this would never 

I'm sure people would argue 
seeds in the playoffs. But if the game 
is being played on the field instead 
of allowing the computers to play 
its own game, the losers only have 
themselves to blame. 

I propose the FBS moves to a 
16-team playoff. Take the confer- 
ence winners, and fill the rest with 
at-large teams. Seed them 1-16, let 
them play it out. Whoever wins the 
title deserves it. I know it would be 
a long process, but it would result 
in a fair champion. 

I could continue to bash the 
BCS, but I'm running out of room 
for our page. 

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to uncover the happenings and mo- 
tivations of an off-campus event held 
by NSU's Theta Mu chapter of Kappa 

The NSU chapter of Kappa Sig- 
ma held an alleged "slave auction" on 
Sept. 15 at the Student Body, a local 
club in Natchitoches. 

Dean of Students Chris Maggio, 
who is part of NSU's group of inves- 
tigators, said that at this time he did 
not wish to reveal the specific events 
that took place, but said members of 
the fraternity displayed "insensitive 
actions toward others." 

Maggio explained that the auc- 
tion was brought to the university's 
attention on Friday, Sept. 17 after 
students saw pictures from the event 
that they believed to be racist toward 
the black community on the social 
networking Web site Facebook. 

After being informed of the 
pictures, Maggio said the university 
took immediate action to investigate 
the situation and quickly informed 
the executive director of Kappa Sig- 
mas national headquarters. 

Upon the headquarters staff's 
suggestion, NSU officials suspended 
the university chapter of Kappa Sig- 
ma from on-campus activities until 
the investigation is complete and a 
definite decision is made. 

Nick (Jourville, president of 
the local Kappa Sigma chapter, and 
Steve Horton, faculty adviser for the 
fraternity, were both advised by the 
fraternity's senior staff to not discuss 
or disclose any information until the 
investigation is finalized. 

The senior officials of Kappa 
Sigma Fraternity are taking the pri- 
mary role in the investigation, Mag- 
gio said. 

Mitchell Wilson, Executive Di- 
rector of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 
said the investigation has been run- 
ning smoothly and is expected to be 
completed by the end of the week. 

At that time, Wilson said his 
staff will publish a press release and 

will be able to publicly answer more 

Maggio said, however, NSU of- 
ficials are "not just sitting back," and 
are conducting their own indepen- 
dent investigation. 

Thus far, Maggio said the young 
men of the fraternity have been easy 
to work with and have had good at- 
titudes under the circumstances. 

"It has been a very good process, 
and everyone has been open and 
willing to answer questions," Maggio 

The university has been in close 
contact with the senior staff of Kappa 
Sigma and ultimately plans to sup- 
port their evaluation and judgment 
of NSU's chapter. 

Although the fraternity faces 
possible punishment for their ac- 
tions, Maggio said he has not dis- 
cussed any specific punishment 
options with members of Kappa 

Throughout the NSU student 
body, different opinions have been 
expressed concerning the fraternity's 


Kim Maggio, a sophomore nurs- 
ing major, said she believes members 
of Kappa Sigma crossed the line with 
the auction and should face some sort 
of punishment based on whether or 
not their intent was to be derogatory 
toward the black community. 

Maggio, who is white, said black 
students have every right to be upset 
over the auction. 

Specifically, black students on 
campus seem to have displayed the 
most emotion concerning the auc- 

Junior social work major Mo- 
nique Chachere, who is black, said 
she was initially extremely offend- 
ed when she heard of the auction. 
She added now that some time has 
passed, she is not quite so angry. 

Regardless of her subsided an- 
ger, however, Chachere said the fra- 
ternity still deserves to be punished. 

She suggested a possible pun- 
ishment should be suspension from 
on-campus activities for an entire se- 

Senior business management 
major Ellis Bussey disagrees with 
Chachere's opinion. Although he 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

Mitchell Wilson, Executive Director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, said he expects the inves- 
tigation of NSU's chapter will be finalized by the end of the week. Until then, university 
officials have suspended the Theta Mu chapter of Kappa Sigma from on-campus events. 

was originally shocked at the frater- 
nity's actions, Bussey, who is black, 
said he does not really care. 

Bussey added that he has a friend 
who is in Kappa Sigma and after he 
thought about what might have actu- 
ally taken place at the event, Bussey 
said he thought "it was kind of fun- 

Marquis Montgomery, president 
of NSU's chapter of the National As- 
sociation for the Advancement of 
Colored People, said this same dif- 
ference of opinion is present within 
his organization. 

Montgomery added, however, 
that because not everyone in the 
NAACP feels the same way about 
the situation, he cannot at this time 
speak for the organization. 

Montgomery said he and his 
members are meeting tonight and 
will discuss where NAACP should 
go from here. 

Montgomery said he actually 
saw pictures of the Kappa Sigma 

auction that depicted attendees with 
their faces painted black. Montgom- 
ery said this "blackface" illustrated in 
the pictures was incredibly offensive 
to him. 

He said he personally believes 
a just consequence for the action 
should not be a radical punishment, 
but instead the members of the fra- 
ternity should be simply "educated." 

All students interviewed, how- 
ever, admitted that they have been 
•unable to make a fair judgment be- 
cause they have been unable to deci- 
pher what is fact and rumor. 

"If everything that is being said 
is true then they [those involved in 
the auction] are stupid, but in a situ- 
ation like this, it is easy for facts to be 
blown out of proportion," sophomore 
English major John Staton said. 

Chris Maggio said in order to 
prevent these facts concerning the 
auction from being misconstrued or 
exaggerated, NSU officials have not 
tried to hide anything. 

"We have dispelled any rumors 
and have tried not to sensationalize 
this," Maggio said. 

Maggio explained that he un- 
derstands that there are displeased 
students around campus because 
of this investigation, and he said he 
encourages them to "believe in the 
process" and trust the final decision 
of Kappa Sigma Fraternity's senior 

The NSU community can turn 
this situation into a positive learning 
experience by learning to have more 
understanding concerning others' 
views and backgrounds, Maggio 

Maggio said, in his opinion, the 
university is moving in the right di- 
rection, but this investigation could 
act as a roadblock. 

"I think it is up to us at NSU to 
realize that we are going to do the 
right thing," Maggio said. "We have 
some great students, and it will work 
out in the end." 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

At 12:03 p.m. yesterday, University Police were 
advised to keep an eye out for a black male wearing baggy 
grey sweatpants regarding a situation occuring at the 
University Bookstore. 

About an hour later, the driver of a white Crown 
Victoria was questioned by police after being involved in 
an "incident" and agreed to have his vehicle searched. 

During the search, police found a textbook that 
was still wrapped in plastic in the driver's vehicle. At 1:28 
p.m., the driver was read his rights and arrested for shop- 

Det. Doug Prescott with University Police said so 
far an additional male has been arrested for shoplifting. 
One of the males who was arrested is a student at NSU, 
Prescott said. 

Until further paperwork is completed and the 
investigation progresses, Prescott explained he could not 
release any additional information. More information 
will be provided as released. 

Beauty queen busted 

Drug charge strips NSU student of title 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

The 2008 Miss Teen Louisiana 
USA, Lindsey Evans, was required to 
relinquish her crown and title Oct. 
21 after being arrested the weekend 

Lindsey Evans, beauty queen 
and freshman journalism major at 
NSU, was arrested on charges of 
leaving a restaurant without paying 
the check and for carrying marijuana 
in her purse. 

Evans lost her crown 11 days 
before being able to pass it on to the 
2009 Miss Teen Louisiana USA, who 
will be named on Nov. 1. 

Three other women were ar- 
rested with her on the charge of not 
paying the $46 tab at a Posados in 
Bossier City, according to an article 
by the Shreveport Times. 

The same article stated that the 
four women ordered and ate at Posa- 
dos and left without paying their bill, 
and Evans left her purse behind. The 
manager had found the purse with 
Evans' driver's license and what the 
Chicago Tribune called "about 2 
grams of suspected marijuana." 

The four women returned for 
the purse, and Bossier City police 
officers recognized her from her li- 
cense, according to an article in the 
Chicago Tribune. 

According to articles in the Chi- 

cago Tribune and Shreveport Times, 
the Bossier City police booked all 
four women into the city jail on theft 
charges, three on drug charges and 
two on drug paraphernalia charges 
after searching the vehicle. Evans 
posted a $1,000 bond early Sunday, 
according to the Shreveport Times. 

One of the women arrested with 
Evans said Evans had left cash for her 
share of the tab, and the other three 
were planning on paying with their 
debit cards. She said they thought 
the service was so slow that they just 
left without paying, according to the 
New York Journal and the Chicago 
Tribune. However, the Chicago Tri- 
bune also reported that Evans admit- 
ted not paying. 

When contacted by The Current 
Sauce, Evans said she was advised by 
her lawyer not to talk to the media 
and was, therefore, unable to com- 

The story of Miss Teen Louisi- 
ana USA has been circulated far and 
wide, from the Shreveport Times to 
the Chicago Tribune to the New York 
Journal, but many NSU students still 
hadn't heard the news. 

Although some students said 
they had not heard about the arrest 
at all, they still had opinions on the 

Freshman English education 
major Britaney Whittle said that as 
Miss Teen Louisiana USA, Evans was 

supposed to be a positive role model 
for Louisiana teens, and Whittle was 
disappointed in Evans' behavior. 

"You shouldn't run for that [ti- 
tle] and then make those choices," 
Whittle said. 

Freshman nursing major Lind- 
sey Rogers agreed with Whittle. 

"It doesn't make a good example 
for kids," Rogers said. 

However, Rogers did not think 
her fellow freshman's mishap had 
much of an effect on NSU because 
she didn't even know it had hap- 

Freshman business administra- 
tion major Justin Givens said that if a 
person is going to be in the limelight 
that person should know what to 
keep private and what image to put 
out for the public. 

"People have an image to up- 
hold," Givens said. "It's a decision." 

Givens said he doesn't think the 
university has been affected by Ev- 
ans' arrest either. 

"One person makes a mistake, 
one person deals with it," Givens 

The Chicago Tribune reported 
that Evans must return her sash and 
crown to RPM Productions Inc., the 
pageant's sponsor, but she can keep 
any other prizes or cash equivalents. 
Evans, 18, is scheduled to appear in 
Bossier City Court Jan. 14, according 
to the Chicago Tribune. 


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The SGA student affairs committee will be placing the PASS 
Box in the lobby of the Friedman Student Union today. The 
SGA invites students to fill out comment cards and place 
them in the box to inform senators of concerns. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

With the semester more than 
halfway complete, the Student Gov- 
ernment Association has had its 
hand in several measures to change 
and improve various aspects of stu- 
dent life. 

By December the SGA hopes 
that students' problems with differ- 
ent issues, such as parking spaces and 
voting, will be significantly closer to 
being resolved, SGA president Cody 
Bourque said. 

Bourque explained that some 
of these solutions will come from 
passed legislation, and other solu- 
tions may simply come from research 
and gaining a better understanding 
of what students want. 

"In the past, the amount of leg- 
islation has been the watermark of 
SGA's success, but the amount of re- 
search^gnducted plays a large role as 
well," BftLrque said. 

He and his senators have strived 
to truly examine what students desire 
to have changed in the first part of 
the semester. They now hope to use 
what they have learned to produce 
effective legislation, Bourque said. 

Thus far, the SGA has gauged 
student opinion through forums or 

Student affairs commissioner 
Jason Thibodeaux is directing a new 
method in which students can voice 
their lik^s and dislikes. 

Thibodeaux and his committee 
are officially implementing the PASS 

Box system today for the first time. 

Students can fill out the desig- 
nated comment cards by stating spe- 
cific problems and providing their 
suggestions for solutions. 

They can then place the cards in 
a locked container called the PASS 
Box - Problems And Student Solu- 
tions Box. 

The box will allow students to 
express their opinions whenever 
they please, rather than only during 
forum meetings or designed surveys, 
Thibodeaux said. 

"The system was tested at the 
last Meet Your Senator Day and had 
fantastic results," Thibodeaux said. 

The PASS Box is located in 
the lobby of the Friedman Student 

One major issue currently be- 
ing addressed by the SGA is student 

After working with the park- 
ing and traffic committee, SGA vice 
president Mark Daniels said he felt 
the need to look into the conditions 
of the campus parking lots and figure 
out which lots are used most by stu- 

Once he and the SGA closely 
examined the needs concerning 
parking lots, the student government 
assessed that the lot between the Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts building 
and Boozman Hall is need of repair, 
due to its frequent use by commuters 
and NSU band members. 

The SGA passed a bill this se- 
mester to recommend to the parking 
and traffic committee that the lot be 


Additionally, Daniels said he 
is working to reduce the number of 
tickets given out to students due to 
students parking in invalid areas - 
more than 200 tickets concerning 
parking have been appealed by stu- 
dents this semester - by researching 
the exact number of parking spaces 
available to commuters and resi- 

The SGA has already passed 
a bill to obtain these numbers, and 
once Daniels receives this informa- 
tion he hopes he will be able to in- 
form students of valid parking areas. 
Then the SGA can implement pos- 
sible solutions, such as a shuttle sys- 
tem, if they find it necessary. 

In order to help alleviate long 
lines related to voting for SGA and 
homecoming elections, Bourque said 
the SGA is also looking to add online 
voting as an option for students. 

Bourque said he expects the on- 
line system will be created and tested 
by the end of the semester and hopes 
it will be available for students by the 
spring SGA elections. 

In the meeting this week, the 
SGA voted to appoint two students 
as new senators. 

Bourque said with the addition 
of two new senators, the SGA has 
become even "younger" and less ex- 

He added, however, that all of 
his senators are enthusiastic and 
hardworking and all they need is a 
little bit of a learning curve for them 
to be truly influential. 

Alumni and students plan for networking opportunities 

Jeffrey Sholar 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Government Asso- 
ciation may have a way for students 
to feel more like alumni. 

Still early in the development 
stages, the Student Alumni Asso- 
ciation may be small, but it has some 
big ideas for the campus. 

Members of SGA and the Alum- 
ni Center are working hard on trying 
to create and make sure this program 
continues to grow. 

Cody Bourque, SGA President, 
said he thought of having a Student 
Alumni Association during the sum- 
mer after seeing how bigger universi- 
ties operated with them. 

They were large groups on cam- 
pus that had numerous benefits for 
their students, Bourque said. 

Bourque said the association 
will help to identify what the stu- 
dents would like to see the alumni 
start doing, 

Drake Owens, the executive di- 
rector of the NSU Alumni Associa- 
tion, also played a large role in orga- 
nizing the group. 

With this program, there could 
be an increase of communication 
between students and alumni and 
"increase the younger alumni base," 

Owens said. 

According to the vision state- 
ment of this new association, mem- 
bers hope to "promote the interests of 
and understanding between students 
of the past, present and future." 

SGA treasurer Lauren Michel 
said this understanding will "create 
ties" between the students and alum- 

Students can use this networking 
tool to communicate with alumni in 
their major and find out about future 
job opportunities, Bourque said. 

The association, though, wants 
the meeting between students and 
alumni to be more social. That way 
they can exchange information with- 
out feeling like it is a career fair, Ow- 
ens said. 

The first focus group of this new 
association met Oct. 9 to discuss 
ideas. Many students from different 
organizations and majors attended, 
Bourque said. 

Executive director of the NSU 
Athletic Association Will Broussard 
also attended the first focus group. 

The association would make 
alumni private support increase, 
Broussard said. 

With the continued growth of 
this association, students will under- 
stand their purpose, Broussard said. 

This way, the association could be a 

"It has to be," Broussard said. 

During the focus group, ideas 
were tossed around to see how the 
leadership of this association would 
be organized. 

However, it's still too early to 
determine whether the association 
might set up scholarships, Michel 

Even with the first focus group, 
the as*t*iation is still looking for 
fresh ideas. 

Students can share any of their 
plans that could benefit this associa- 
tion and make it grow. 

"We can't have Student Alumni 
Association without bringing stu- 
dents," Bourque said. 

This does not only mean on the 
NSU campus. The association would 
like to get online students involved 
and hopefully some other campuses, 
Bourque said. 

But both groups will have to 
work hard. 

"I think the benefit is there," 
Owens said. 

With determination, the Student 
Alumni Association may become a 
large organization on campus. 

"Can't wait to see what will grow 
out of it," Bourque said. 

Photo by Jeffrey Sholar/ The Current Sauce 

SGA President Cody Bourque and executive director 
of the NSU Alumni Association Drake Owens both believe 
the Student Alumni Association will allow students to con- 
nect and build relationships with NSU alumni. 

At a focus group meeting scheduled for Oct. 9., mem- 
bers of the association discussed the semester's agenda. 

They hope the formation of the new organization 
will open more doors for students after graduation. 

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Editor in Chief 

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Violin professor takes center stage 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

NSU professor Andrej Kurti practices his violin in his office to prepare for his Nov. 3 concert in Magale Recital Hall. Kurti, a 
widely recognized recording artist, has performed this semester with the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor 

Light filters in through the win- 
dows of Andrej Kurti's studio in the 
afternoon, splaying across the blue 
plush lining of his open violin case. 

A small icon decorated with 
an Orthodox Christian image rests 
against the neck of the exquisitely- 
carved wooden instrument. The low, 
clear sound of a nearby euphonium 
rehearsal seeps through the walls. 

Kurti leans back in his chair at 
his computer, catching a breath after 
his hectic day of back-to-back violin 
and viola lessons and long rehearsals 
with the orchestra. 

It's 5 p.m. and his day is nowhere 
near over. Each night, he practices vi- 
olin for about four hours to keep his 
bow steady and his fingers in shape, 
building up strength for his next solo 

His concert, scheduled for Nov. 
3 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall, 
will feature music by Bach and com- 
poser Eugene Ysaye, on whom Kurti 
wrote his dissertation for his doc- 
torate. The classical pieces certainly 
reflect Kurti's skill, but his vast rep- 
ertoire includes more than just sona- 

Kurti, a professor of violin at 
NSU, has been featured as a record- 
ing artist for more than 45 albums on 
electric and acoustic violin. Dozens 
of posters and photographs are taped 
against a wall in his studio, display- 
ing his past performances and future 

One of the images documents 
Kurti on the day before his 30th 
birthday, when he chimed in on an 
album produced by Blue Griffin 
Records to perform music by Pink 
Floyd and Queen. 

Kurti, now 36, said he has 
donned braids to play with a hip hop 
label and tuxedos for more classical 
fare. When the spotlight is turned 
off, Kurti wears blazers, T-shirts and 
slacks, a red braided bracelet and a 
small silver earring in his left ear. 

Some students identify him by 

his strong, lilting accent and social 
personality, which he attributes to 
his Serbian upbringing. 

Others recognize his energy 
during halftime performances with 
the Spirit of Northwestern Marching 
Band. This year's Led Zeppelin show 
would be incomplete without his 
duet with saxophone professor Paul 

One thing remains certain. No 
matter what genre of music with 
which Kurti experiments, he said he 
is sure of his destiny - violin perfor- 

A native of Serbia - Srbija, as 

Kurti spells it - Kurti inadvertently 
determined what would become his 
artistic future when he was merely 4 
years old. 

He was sitting in his parents' 
kitchen, listening to music. Imitating 
a violinist, he rested a cutting board 
on one shoulder and used a spoon 
as his bow, moving it in time to the 

His parents saw his potential 
and decided the next step was to en- 
roll him in lessons, Kurti said. 

When Kurti was just 16, he trav- 
eled to Russia to study violin perfor- 
mance at the Moscow State Tchaik- 

ovsky Conservatory. 

Kurti came to the U.S. and con- 
tinued his education at the Univer- 
sity of Georgia in Athens, Ga., then 
came to NSU for a job interview and 
said he instantly loved the town's po- 
lite, laid-back charm. 

"There is something to Natchi- 
toches, with all of these bed and 
breakfasts, and the craziness about 
the Christmas lights," he said. "I 
thought I was in a Walt Disney mov- 
ie or something." 

Now in his fifth year as a profes- 
sor at NSU, Kurti teaches private vio- 
lin and viola lessons to NSU students 

and works with associate professor of 
bassoon Douglas Bakenhus to help 
out with orchestra performances. 

He acts humorous and energetic 
in class, but remains intensely fo- 

In orchestra rehearsal, he often 
illustrates the way he imagines a par- 
ticular phrase by standing up and 
demonstrating with an invisible bow, 
using his facial expressions to further 
the image. 

His voice takes on the timbre of 
a decisive violin tone as he "ya-da- 
da-dahs" his way through the tricky 
intervals in a song. 

In his studio, Kurti manages 19 
students from places including Loui- 
siana, Texas, Alabama, Honduras 
and Venezuela, and is expecting two 
more international students in Janu- 

Kurti occasionally asks his stu- 
dents to evaluate his interpretation 
of pieces before a performance. 

This kind of feedback improves 
his perspective about the music, 
Kurti said. 

"Sometimes they are shy, but 
then I tell them, like, 'Look, if I was 
you, what would I change?'" Kurti 
said. "And they make some good 

Kurti said he looks forward to 
playing Ysaye's music, which he con- 
siders complex and very challeng- 

"It sometimes sounds like there 
are two or three instruments playing 
at the same time," Kurti explained. 
"Very advanced. Crazy, but beauti- 

The concert, a 45-minute collec- 
tion of solo violin sonatas, reflects the 
versatility not only of Kurti's musical 
gifts, but also of his role at NSU. 

"Its a dream job," he said. "It's 
like, you teach one-on-one lessons, 
talk about music all day long and 
then have three days off the week to 
travel and do concerts and every- 
thing. It's awesome." 

For a man who has traveled the 
world as a performer, Kurti seems 
content with staying in Natchitoches 
for the time being. 

Lessons don't limit him; he still 
performs from time to time with 
different rock and classical groups 
in the area. The posters on his wall 
are a testament to his experience and 
a clear representation of the talent 
NSU has attracted from all over the 
world. Kurti loves to travel, and he 
said he would like to see his family 
more often, but for now, he said he 
plans to stay put. 

"I know that my destiny is mu- 
sic, but where, I don't know," Kurti 
said. "I never want to push the uni - 

Photo by Michael Silver/The Current Sauce 

ROTC cadets dash through the morning fog for a two-mile running test at the track. 

ROTC cadets strive to meet goals 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor 

Leanne Taylor, a sophomore 
psychology major, stretched her legs 
one Tuesday morning before a two- 
mile run test, keeping her muscles 
active for the brisk jog ahead. 

Running won't be a huge part of 
her work after college - she plans to 
fly helicopters for active duty in the 
Army - but she said she appreciates 
the chance to stay in shape. She takes 
regular physical fitness tests to main- 
tain her Reserve Officers' Training 
Corps (ROTC) scholarship require- 

The Army ROTC elective cur- 
riculum at NSU prepares students to 
be commissioned as officers in the 
military once they graduate. 

Among many other skills, ca- 
dets learn how to approach their op- 
ponents without detection and com- 
municate with their peers as leaders. 

Taylor, a Houston native, races 
with the NSU crew and works out on 
her own in addition to her physical 
training (PT) sessions with ROTC. 

She wakes up at 5 a.m. to do 
sit-ups, push-ups and laps with the 
other cadets. 

Even after years of training, Tay- 
lor still does not consider herself a 
morning person. 

"Once you get up and you do it, 
you're like, 'Oh, I'm really glad I did 
that,' but the getting up part kind of 
sucks," Taylor said. 

Kimberly Crosby, a freshman 
chemistry major originally from 
Shreveport, said she spends a lot of 
time in the armory outside of PT and 
class, but that she has come a long 
way since her modest beginnings as 
a junior ROTC cadet in high school. 
Her intentions weren't as serious as 
those of her peers, either. 

"Honestly, it was to skip out on 
gym," Crosby said. "That's the honest 

truth. But it turned out to be a good 
decision, and I liked it." 

Crosby said all of her best friends 
are in ROTC, and she feels like they 
have a family connection. 

Like Crosby, Taylor says she re- 
lies on her fellow cadets for support 
and friendship. 

"There's always someone you can 
call or someone to help you out with 
whatever you need," Taylor said. 

A few weeks ago, Taylor went 
mudriding with a group of friends 
and got stuck in the dirt. The group 
called an ROTC cadet who helped 
tow the truck out of the mud. 

"That was the first time I've ever 
done it, and probably the last time," 
Taylor said. 

Taylor was a junior ROTC cadet 
in high school. She enrolled at NSU 
when she heard about the aviation 
science program here, but switched 
to psychology because she 

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Roderick Wilson and Rachel McCalister were named 2008 
homecoming queen and king at Saturday's football game. 


Oct. 15, 2008, Volume 94, Issue 9 
"New tattoo shop makes mark" 

The owners of Natural Mystic are, in fact, ac- 
tive and approved members of the Alliance 
of Professional Tattooists. They have been in 

business in Natchitoches for 10 years. 
The article also contained some information 
that could not be verified for publication. 

Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 
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October 29, 2008 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

Members of Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi fraternities play flag football at Turpin Stadium Sunday. 

Fraternity brothers battle it out 

Bethany Frank 

Sauce Reporter 

The brothers of Kappa Kappa 
Psi and Phi Mu Alpha put their har- 
monies aside Saturday afternoon to 
enjoy a game of flag football. 

Because both fraternities are 
associated with the NSU Creative 
and Performing Arts department 
(CAPA), it is important that they 
work together and communicate, 
said Mason Kyle, Phi Mu Alpha foot- 
ball coach. 

"If we aren't on the same page, 
stuff won't get done, and events will 
be a big mess," he said. 

In order to encourage good 
communication and support broth- 
erhood between the two organiza- 
tions, the brothers decided to orga- 
nize a flag football game. 

"We wanted to do something to- 
gether," Preston Spencer, Kappa Kap- 
pa Psi center and defensive tackle, 
said. "What better way than to go out 

there and beat the crap out of each 

More than 70 students dressed 
in red and blue - the prominent col- 
ors of each fraternity - to watch the 
fourth annual Black and Blue Bowl 
in Turpin Stadium. 

Both teams began preparing 
early in the semester for the game. 
The teams played full-contact on the 
lines, but with flags everywhere else, 
Kyle said. 

Kappa Kappa Psi members 
started conditioning more than a 
month in advance. They went to the 
gym daily and practiced three times 
a week. At practice they ran drills, set 
up plays and worked on different as- 
signments such as blocking and run- 
ning, Spencer said. 

Phi Mu Alpha began practice at 
the beginning of September every 
Friday. There, the brothers stretched, 
moved into specialized drills and 
went into full team offense versus 

This enabled the team to project 
what the Kappa Kappa Psi defense 
would do, figure out the team chem- 
istry and aid in their own condition- 
ing, Kyle said. Phi Mu Alphas Philip 
Medler scored the first touchdown 
of the game, but Kappa Kappa Psi 
defeated their opponents with a final 
score of 56-12. 

"It was a hard fought game," 
Spencer said. "We started a little 
shaky and really beat ourselves, but 
we pulled together and were able to 
pull out a hard fought win." 

While playing a sport, there will 
always be a winner, but the Black and 
Blue Bowl was about much more. 

"The game went well, because 
it was meant for the two organiza- 
tions to be out there and have fun, 
and both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi 
Mu Alpha did," Matt Reilly, Phi Mu 
Alpha defensive lineman/linebacker 

The game opened the door for 
both fraternities and enabled CAPA 

students and sororities to support 
the brothers together. 

Students brought posters baring 
phrases like "Anything you can do, 
Psi can do better" to the event, show- 
ing support for their favorite team. 

The game also allowed both 
organizations to increase brotherly 
bonds with not only their active 
members, but alumni as well, said 
Giquan Garrett, Kappa Kappa Psi 
middle linebacker, running back and 
wide receiver. 

With their dissonance now 
aside, the brothers of both organiza- 
tions can join together to continue 
making CAPA events a success. 

"The Kappa Kappa Psi versus 
Phi Mu Alpha game was one of the 
greatest bonding experiences I have 
had since I crossed Kappa Kappa 
Psi," Carlos Ortiz, outside backer and 
wide receiver, said. "All of us took on 
bumps and bruises from the game, 
but at the end of the day, it was all 
worth it." 


found it interesting. 

She has been racing rowboats 
anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 
meters with the NSU Crew since the 
spring of her freshman year, when she 
decided she wanted to take a physi- 
cally challenging exercise course. 

She enjoys both crew and 
ROTC, but said she thinks ROTC 
is more difficult because it re- 
quires a greater commitment. 

"In crew, you just - the physical 
element is there, and in ROTC there's 
a physical element, mental element 
and scholastic element," Taylor said. 

In addition to the physical re- 
quirements of ROTC, Taylor and the 
other cadets participate in fundrais- 
ing events and community service 
projects with the D.O.V.E.S., Inc. 
foundation, a nonprofit domestic 
violence shelter in Natchitoches. 

Capt. Jaison Koonankeil said 
the group has also worked with local 
churches on various service projects. 

Koonankeil accompanied the 
ROTC cadets on their six-mile run 
across campus one Thursday morn- 
ing, inching along slowly in a large 
van. When a cadet stressed a leg 
injury, Koonankeil pulled over and 
picked her up. 

Koonankeil said this year's 
group is cohesive and the cadets 
rarely complain about their work. 

This experience will prepare 
them for their future duties as Army 
officers, he said. 

Koonankeil arrived at NSU to 
work with the Army ROTC in Sep- 
tember, but before that he spent five 
years in Germany and two years in 
Iraq as an active duty officer. He 
returned to America in October of 

Upperclassmen hold leadership 
positions that prepare them for their 
post-graduation offices. 

They guide the younger cadets, 
building up their confidence for 
tough events like the recent Ranger 
Challenge, a competition for which 
cadets run, navigate through ob- 
stacle courses and test their mental 

"The Rangers are an elite group 
of infantry people. They're like the 
best of the regular Army. They're like 
infantrymen who carry everything 
on their back to accomplish their 

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goal," Koonankeil explained. "Every- 
thing they do is physically tough, but 
also mentally tough." 

The mental stimulation of the 
Ranger Challenge prepares students 
who plan to seek positions in the FBI 
and White House communications, 
Koonankeil said. 

Applicants for these jobs are 
typically expected to provide college 
transcripts with letters of recom- 
mendation, and participation in the 
Challenge gives officers a concrete 
example of the cadets' work. 

Riley Pendleton, a freshman gen- 
eral studies major, said he has not yet 
decided on his career path, but that 
military intelligence is on his list of 
options. With a class load of just 1 3 
hours this semester, he spends most 
of his time focusing on his work with 
the ROTC. 

"I'm kind of taking it easy this 
year, getting used to it - college and 
everything," Pendleton said. 

The Ranger Challenge was in- 
timidating for Pendleton, who said 
he wished the training for it would 
have started up earlier in the semes- 

"It's pretty intense, like four 
miles of running. I wasn't really pre- 
pared for it this year, but next year 
I'm going to do it," Pendleton said. 

There are about 54 cadets total 
in the ROTC program, including 
students at campuses in Shreveport 
and Leesville, Koonankeil said. The 
bulk of their education takes place at 
Thursday lab classes, when the stu- 
dents can meet on the Natchitoches 

Contracted cadets essentially 
agree to become officers in the Army 
and receive a scholarship, but non- 
contract cadets - usually freshmen 
and sophomores, Koonankeil said 
- are sometimes unsure of whether 
the Army is right for them. These 
students can experience the curricu- 
lum and benefit from PT while they 
decide. This year's group will be well- 
prepared for whatever comes after 
graduation, he said. 

"They know they're about to en- 
ter the Army, and they know they're 
about to be officers, so they work 
hard to achieve that goal, but they're 
still able to have fun doing it. It's a 
good atmosphere," Koonankeil said. 


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BS'ing with the Bull: CinderRAYIIa story 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

I realize 
that this may be 
a bit late, with 
them down 3-1 
to the Phillies in 
the World Series 
and tied 2-2 in 
game five, in the 
middle of the 

most epic rain delay ever. Still, none- 
theless I feel it is very important to 
reflect on what the Tampa Bay Rays 
did this past season. 

However, before we can move on 
with the great things they have done 
this season, I feel it is important to 
recap the Devil Rays/Rays history as 

a team. 

The team got its start in the 1 998 
season as an expansion team, and up 
until this season, they have accumu- 
lated a record of 645-972. 

They finished in last place in the 
AL East all but once, when they fin- 
ished in fourth place in the 2004 sea- 
son, with a record of 70-91. So, that 
is the amazing saga of the Devil Rays' 
first 10 years of baseball - short and 
sweet and not much to remember. 

Then the 2008 season rolled 
around, and it came with a few mi- 
nor changes, such as the "Devil" get- 
ting dropped. Instead of keeping a 
few veteran players, they got rid of 
them for minor league players like 
Evan Longoria. Instead of getting rid 
of former first overall pick B.J. Up- 

ton, they just moved him to the out- 
field. They also made trades for such 
players as Matt Garza, Dan Wheeler 
and Cliff Floyd. 

All of these moves at the begin- 
ning of the season were seen by the 
experts as either "dumb," "stupid" or 
just showing that the Rays were in for 
a long season. Boy, were they wrong. 
At the end of the regular season, the 
Rays finished in first place in the AL 
with a record of 97-65, third best in 
the MLB. The crazy part is not the 
fact that they were able to overcome 
a decade of terrible baseball and go 
from worst to first. It's the way they 
did it. 

At no point in time were they 
ever setting the world on fire with 
their bats. In the major statistical cat- 

egories, at the end of the season, the 
Rays ranked 13th in runs scored with 
774, 10th in home runs with 180, and 
21st in batting average with .260. So, 
as you can see, none of those num- 
bers would indicate that they were 
playing amazing baseball. 

As far as pitching goes, they did 
rank third overall in E.R.A. with a 
team average of 3.82 and only held 
opponents batting average to .246, 
which is also third. But the funny 
thing about that is the Toronto Blue 
Jays finished ahead of the Rays in 
both pitching categories and didn't 
make the playoffs. 

Not only did the Rays have to 
overcome 10 years of bad baseball, 
they had to overcome, according to 
the numbers, mediocre stats. Lucky 

for the Rays, the games aren't played 
on paper. With the 10 years of base- 
ball and the mediocre stats, no one 
gave the Rays a chance against the 
White Sox in the opening round of 
the MLB playoffs. 

The Rays beat the White Sox 
in four games. The next hurdle the 
Rays had to jump was the defending 
World Series Champions, the Boston 
Red Sox. Even before and especially 
after their game one loss to the Red 
Sox, no one gave them a chance, in- 
cluding me. 

Then, with the Rays winning 
three straight games by a combined 
score of 35-13, everyone was still 
skeptical of the Rays' ability to win. 

The Red Sox won two straight, 
bringing the series to a 3-3 tie, and 

again at that point everyone thought 
it was over. 

Yes, even me. 

But with the eventual ALCS 
MVP Matt Garza on the mound - 
name sound familiar? - the Rays 
shocked the world by beating the 
Red Sox 3-1, advancing to the World 

Though they were beaten by the 
Philadelphia Phillies in five games in 
the World Series, the season for the 
Rays has been one of great excite- 
ment. It has rekindled the love for 
baseball I used to have. 

Even though the old saying goes, 
"No one remembers who came in 
second," I feel that the Tampa Bay 
Rays 2008 season is one that this par- 
ticular adage doesn't apply to. 

Half the Battle: Dating 101 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

tween "we're 
just talking" and 
"we're dating"? 

I was talk- 
ing to a friend of 

mine, asking him how he and his 
girlfriend were. You know, ques- 
tions like "How long have you been 
dating?" and "When did you ask her 
out?" He informed me that they were 
not dating. 

They were "just talking." 

This couple goes everywhere 
together. Dinner, movies, the bar... 
I just assumed they were dating, but 
he seemed downright offended that I 
would make such a heinous assump- 

What's the difference? 

A guy is with a girl for three 
years before they officially become 
boyfriend and girlfriend. 

Do you want to know the differ- 
ence between their friendship and 
their relationship? Nothing. 

I can't follow the logic to it. 

Another couple decides to "take 
a break." 

They didn't break up, but in the 

interest of not "moving too fast," they 
"take a break," which basically equat- 
ed to seeing each other less than nor- 

I've been in a relationship for 
four and a half years. There was no 
"just friends" stage. We weren't "just 
talking." Yes, we were friends, and 
we did talk, but this was for a short 
period before we started dating. It 
was the courting stage, which in- 
volved talking, getting to know her 
and a dance that was meant to woo 
her, yet assert my superiority over 
other males. 

And, yes, pretty colors and great 
plumage helps. 

There is a difference between 
talking and "just talking." Talking is 
that period of time you spend get- 
ting to know the person you want to 
date. It is not going out without actu- 
ally calling it "going out." That's "just 
talking," which is dating without the 
Facebook status. 

Facebook, by the by, is one of 
the many technological methods of 
effectively ruining dating as I know 
it. Facebooking, text messaging and 
instant messaging. . . they kill off an 
essential part of relationships - con- 

Another friend of mine began 
"going out" with her brand new boy- 

They were "just friends" for 
three months and "just talking" for 
two. "Going out" was the next big 
emotional plateau. 

I asked her how often she talked 
with her boyfriend on the phone. Her 
next words left me in a state of shock 
that ended only with a defibrillator. 

"Oh, we just text message each 

She doesn't call him, she just 
texts him all day and all night. That 
is not a conversation. 

That is carpal tunnel syndrome. 
She even admits to doing it while 
driving. A lot of people I know do 
that... and not all of them type or 
text well to begin with. Putting those 
two activities together is not wise on 
their part. 

Text-based conversations are 
also an ineffective way to break up 
with someone. My ex-girlfriend 
broke up with me by copying and 
pasting some version of the classic 
"It's not you, its me" speech into an 
MSN messenger window. 

My only response was "lol." 

I then had to check Facebook to 
confirm it. Sure enough, it said we 
had ended our relationship. Then 
I got text messages all night saying 
"OMG wut happened??" 

I just laughed. 

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A final plea for the 'right' vote 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

Well, this is it. 

This is the 
last article I will 
write before Elec- 
tion Day. 

I'd be lying 
if I said I was not 

I've talked to 
some people be- 
fore who say this election is about us, 
but it's not. 

It is about our children and 
grandchildren who will reap what we 
sow in the next several years. 

We are about to make one of the 
biggest decisions of our lives. 

Both men and women have the 
equal right to vote. So let's get out 
and exercise that right. 

As Americans we believe in the 
saying that is in the Declaration of 
Independence, "All men are created 
equal." AH people - black or white, 
rich or poor, young or old, man or- 
woman - are equal. 

We all agree times have changed 
since the Declaration of Indepen- 
dence was established in 1776, but 
our rights have remained and our 
country has continued to be the most 
prosperous nation. We are a democ- 
racy; here we get to vote for our lead- 
ers instead of having them assigned 
to us. 

We have two choices for presi- 
dent, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. 

John McCain, two men who have 
been in the spotlight the last several 
months and who feel they are capa- 
ble of being president. 

But only one vows to keep our 
country strong and powerful. I am 
speaking to you, my fellow students, 
as an American, not as a conserva- 
tive. I am begging you to help me put 
a man in office who will keep Amer- 
ica on top, as it has always been. 

I think we would all agree 
that we want America to con- 
tinue to be a democracy and 
not become a socialist nation. 

If you look closely enough at 
what Obama is proposing, you will 
see that his ideas reflect socialism. 
Socialism is a precursor to commu- 
nism, and that is not who we are. 

Please don't be fooled by his smooth 
talking and his ability to slither his 
way out of answering a question. 

We deserve a leader who will 
answer what we ask him, and who 
will come through with his promises. 
Don't sit and do nothing. Go out and 
vote for a man who will continue to 
fight to keep our American values. 
McCain has a record of saying he will 
do things and getting them done. 

Obama has a record of saying 
what people want to hear and not 
coming through. Fact is fact, and 
experience is experience. We can't 
take this decision lightly; this is our 
country's future we are talking about. 

Nov. 4 is Election Day. Go 
vote, and always stay proud to be an 

Student sees no reason to 'boo' Halloween 

Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 

It's the time 
of year when 
kids are begin- 
ning to count 
down the days, 
eager to receive 
free candy. Peo- 
ple young and 
old are shop- 
ping for just the right costume, and 
some will spend upwards of $100 
just for a single night. It's almost 
hard to believe that even these days, 
many people believe that Halloween 
is considered "devil-worshipping;" 
however, I fail to see how celebrating 
the holiday itself falls under the cat- 
egory of glorifying the devil. 

Halloween originated from an 
ancient Celtic celebration called 

Samhain and was a celebration of the 
winter. Ancient belief was that on the 
night of Oct. 31, the barrier between 
the living and the dead was absent. 
They feared the dead coming back 
because they thought they would 
cause harm in the forms of sickness 
or diseased crops. Keep in mind this 
was a time before the germ theory 
was developed. 

One Christian blog post stated 
that Halloween cannot be accepted 
as harmless fun because so much 
vandalism and property destruc- 
tion is so common; even, as they say, 
"normally well-behaved children are 
driven by unseen forces to destruc- 
tive behaviors." 

I can understand how other ac- 
tivities associated with Halloween 
might be looked down on. After 
all, it's regarded as the most super- 
natural night of the year, and some 
people choose to take advantage of 

this by participating in occult-like 
events. The Ouija board, tarot cards 
and seances are the most common 
examples of this. 

Trick-or-treating is hard to 
imagine as a devilish activity. Even 
considering the argument stating 
the claim of an increase in property 
damage, vandalism and overall mis- 
chief, it's almost hard to imagine a 
large public event where these things 
don't happen. 

Bad people exist, believe it or 
not, and if they use Halloween to 
their destructive advantage, it's defi- 
nitely not from the holiday itself, 
but rather their own desire to inflict 
harm on others. 

Yes, Halloween makes it easier 
to get away with certain things, but 
it has nothing to do with "unseen 
forces." Children are generally super- 
vised during trick-or-treating, and if 
supervised children misbehave, then 

the parents aren't doing their job. On 
the other hand, some parents believe 
their kids are darling little angels 
when they're not and allow them 
to run around without care. Then, 
when their kid gets in trouble, they 
refuse to believe it was through any 
fault of their own and look for expla- 
nations that place blame away from 
them and their child. 

Dressing up to receive candy has 
no direct correlation with the devil. 
People dress up in costume every day 
for various reasons. Even the act of 
portraying a demon or ghoul should 
not be considered devil-worshipping, 
as it is just make-believe, and is done 
quite often in theatre and movies. 

It's not fair to say Halloween is 
completely bad because it stems from 
a pagan religion. As with everything, 
there are people who will take it to an 
extreme, but it is not intended to be 
anything more than innocent fun. 

Just gotta have faith 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

We have all 
endured those 
weeks when we 
felt our breaking 
point. We have all 
surpassed those 
moments when 
we held back the 

tears of frustration and pushed for- 

In today's society it is so difficult 
to practice faith. Someone is always 
telling us to give up. Give in. Walk 

Someone is always encouraging 
us to throw in the towel and fail. 

But we can't. We must find it in 
ourselves to keep going. We must 

Have you ever stood out on a 
ledge without the fear of falling? Ev- 
erything in your gut is telling you 
to turn around, that it isn't safe. But 
something keeps you there. Some- 
thing encourages you to hold strong. 

That is faith. 

Faith that there is something 
bigger, something more that will 
hold you up when the rest of the 
world pushes you down. 

It is said faith the size of a mus- 
tard seed can move mountains, but 
what about the heart of a college stu- 

When the pressures of exams, 
auditions, roommates, money and 
expectations become too much, who 
has the strength to stay standing? 
Who has the strength to keep going, 
to keep fighting? 

Growing up, my mother always 
introduced me as her little Pollyanna: 
the girl who finds happiness in every- 
thing. But, when you are 8 years old, 
what is there not to be happy about? 

As I am suppressed by the accu- 

mulation of weight upon my shoul- 
ders, I am no longer the Pollyanna I 
once was. 

It is so hard to find happiness 
when you feel your world is crum- 
bling around you, but we have to try. 

We have to find something to 
believe in, or we will only find fail- 

Faith isn't about believing in 
something you know will work out. 

Faith doesn't have facts or proof. 
Faith is the gut feeling you have about 
something, someone. 

Faith is living beyond dis- 
couragement and finding some- 
thing deeper. For some, it is faith in 
someone else. For me, it is faith that 
someone will surpass her health con- 
straints and her "expiration date" so 
graciously provided by doctors. 

Faith that people will surpass all 
hardships that come their way. 

So often, we find it easy to believe 
someone else can do something, but 
we struggle to have that same faith in 

We find it simple to encourage 
our friends to succeed in everything 
they strive for because we know they 
are amazing. We know they can 
achieve anything they desire. We 
know because we have faith. 

Everyone needs some aspect of 
faith in life. But we need faith, not 
only in others but also in ourselves. 
We need to succeed. 

We need to know we can accom- 
plish anything. 

We need to be able to stand out 
on a ledge and know we won't fall. 
Not because physics is on our side, 
but because we have faith. 

Faith in something more. Some- 
thing bigger than you or I. Faith in 
the impossible. 

In a world full of mountains, we 
all need to search for faith the size of 
a mustard seed. 


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October 29, 2008 

Demons maul Bearkats 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Northwestern State foot- 
ball team celebrated being in second 
place in the Southland Conference 
after a 24-16 homecoming win over 
Sam Houston State. 

"It was definitely a great win," se- 
nior linebacker Mack Dampier said. 
"We just wanted to come out because 
last weekend we let ourselves down a 
little bit and we came out real high, 
and it was homecoming so it helped 
a lot. It was one of the better teams in 
the conference and it definitely paid 
off, our hard work this week." 

The Demons improved to 5-3, 
2-1 in conference play, only a game 
behind the University of Central Ar- 
kansas for the conference lead. 

"Every time you get a win in 
Southland Conference it's nice, and 
they've got a heck of a football team," 
head coach Scott Stoker said. "That's 
a big win for us. We had a great game 
plan going in, and I thought we did 
a tremendous job in the secondary, 
mixing up our zone and man reads." 

NSU jumped on the Bearkats 
early, taking a 14-0 lead early in the 
second quarter. 

Senior running back Byron 
Lawrence pounded his way into the 
end zone from 3 and 9 yards out for 
both scores. Lawrence finished the 
game with 118 yards on 26 carries 
and two scores. Lawrence has rushed 
for over 100 yards in four consecu- 

Photo by Lauren Rachal/The Current Sauce 

Senior running back Byron Lawrence (22) rushes past two Sam Houston State defenders in NSU's 24-16 Homecoming win. 

tive games, averaging 153.75 yards in 
those games. 

"I just had to keep up myself 
and get mentally prepared and just 
stay focused," Lawrence said. "The 
offensive line and the team believe in 
me, and I just got more focused and 
sta) ?d with it." 

Sam Houston then scored 10 
unanswered points. Senior quarter- 

back Rhett Bomar tossed a 47-yard 
touchdown strike to Chris Lucas, 
cutting the lead to four. 

Junior running back William 
Griffin found his way into the end 
zone to give the Demons a comfort- 
able 21-10 lead in the fourth quar- 

Robert Weeks tacked on a 36- 
yard field goal with just over a min- 

ute remaining to seal it for NSU. 

Weeks' field goal tied him with 
Keith Hodnett for the school record 
for most field goals made in a career 
with 37. 

Weeks needs only two points 
to become the school's career kick 
scoring leader, also held by Hodnett. 
He also needs only nine points to 
become the school's all-time career 

scoring leader, held by Tony Taylor 
who was a tailback for the Demons 
from 1998-2000. 

With the win, the Demons hold 
Sam Houston from its first confer- 
ence win of the season. NSU is tied 
with Stephen F. Austin and Texas 
State for second in conference stand- 

"It's a team win," Stoker said. 

"We didn't play great in a lot of areas, 
defensively I thought we did. We do 
what we do, and we're not going to 
change. We just try to get better at it 
each week, and I thought we execut- 
ed the game plan extremely well." 

NSU will travel to San Marcos, 
Texas to battle the Bobcats in a show- 
down of second place teams. 

The Demons are winless on 
the road this season, falling to Bay- 
lor early in the season and losing to 
Southeastern on Oct. 18. NSU has 
now lost 10 consecutive road games. 

The last road win for the De- 
mons was a 9-0 victory over Nicholls 
on Oct. 21,2006. 

"If we can concentrate on our 
game, I think we'll be fine," Dampier 

Lawrence said they will have to 
keep their heads in the game and not 
lose focus. He said if they stay posi- 
tive, they will be OK. 

Texas State (4-3, 2-1) comes into 
the game coming off a dominating 
62-21 win over Stephen F. Austin. 
Game time for NSU and Texas State 
is 3 p.m. 

Sam Houston junior linebacker 
Luke McCall suffered a devastating 
hit late in the fourth quarter. 

Sam Houston officials said we 
was not seriously injured and was 
moving extremities as he was carried 
off the field in an ambulance. He was 
taken from the field to a local hospi- 
tal for observation, according to an 
article on 

Volleyball team challenged with 'must wins 7 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Quick matches are becoming 
very familiar to head coach Brittany 
Uffelman and her volleyball squad. 

They have gone 3-0 in four 
straight matches, going 2-2 in that 

NSU hosted the University of 
Texas at San Antonio Thursday in a 
conference matchup. 

The Lady Demons went to the 
wire in all three games, but fell 3-0 to 
the Lady Roadrunners. 

"UTSA just beat SFA and Texas 
State, the top two teams in our con- 
ference, so UTSA right now is the 
best team in the conference," Uffel- 
man said. "We're right there if any- 
one watched the game tonight. We 
were point-for-point with the top 
team in the conference." 

Junior outside hitter Yelena En- 
were and sophomore outside hitter 

Taylor Deering led the team in kills 
with 10 each. 

Junior setter Megan Dockery 
posted 26 assists in the contest. 

NSU dropped to 2-7 on the year 
in conference play. 

The UTSA Lady Roadrunners 
improved to 6-2 after the win. 

The Lady Roadrunners are 7-2 
after a win over the University of 
Central Arkansas. 

UTSA is the winner of 14 of its 
last 16 after starting the season los- 
ing six of seven matches. 

The Lady Demons are strug- 
gling due to a lack of depth and in- 
juries that are plaguing key players, 
Uffelman said. 

"I think the healthier we get, 
we're going to start pulling games off 
of them," Uffelman said. 

"Because we have people play- 
ing positions they've never played 
in their entire lives, and they are just 
like running around trying to do the 

best they can. We're falling short. I 
think the more familiar we get with 
the positions the more successful 
we'll be," Uffelman said. 

NSU played its second game of 
a four-game home stand Saturday 
against last place Texas A&M at Cor- 
pus Christi. 

Uffelman's squad pounded out 
three straight set wins to improve to 
3-7 in conference, 8-12 overall. 

"Those are must wins," Uffelman 
said before the contest. "Corpus we 
can beat. We can go 3-0." 

Junior outside hitter Markie Ro- 
bichau paved the way in the win re- 
cording a double double with 10 kills 
and 10 digs. 

Enwere smashed 14 kills of her 
own in the sweep. 

The Lady Demons host Nicholls 
State University Thursday at 7 p.m. 
and finish the home stand Saturday 
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Conference competiition heats up 

Leslie Jordan 

Sauce Reporter 

The Lady Demons soccer team 
battled two conference competitors 
last weekend on the Demon Soccer 

The Lady Demons took on 
Sam Houston State to earn another 
Southland Conference win, with a 
shutout 4-0 heartbreaker over the 
Lady Bearkats and tied in double 
overtime against Stephen F. Austin's 
Lady Jacks. 

The NSU Lady Demons ended 
the weekend with a season record 
of 9-6-2 and a conference record of 

The Lady Demons faced their 
sixth conference competitor, Sam 
Houston State, Friday. 

The Lady Demons turned up the 
heat scoring two goals in the first half 
and leaving the Lady Bearkats empty 

In the second half, they came 
back hard with two more goals to fi- 
nalize their win. 

Senior forward Hannah Casey, 
junior forward Kayce Schultz and 
freshman forward Kayla King all 
knocked in goals to put NSU on the 

King put NSU on the board with 
a goal from 10 yards out on the right 
side of the box. 

Casey hit a floater into the high 
left corner of the goal from 20 yards 
out on a pass from Sarah Sadler to 
take NSU to a 2-0 lead into the half. 

Schultz, team high scorer for the 
season, put one in for the third goal. 

With less than four minutes left 
in the game, sophomore middle for- 
ward April Madden knocked in the 
final goal to notch the win over Sam 

Madden notched the victory 
not only over Sam Houston State, 
but also over her older sister Monica 
Madden, senior defender for Sam 

"Everyone went into the Sam 
Houston game with a tremendous 
amount of energy that played a huge 
reason we were able to come out with 

a win," freshman middle forward Ra- 
chel O'Steen said. "On Sunday, we all 
wanted to come together for the se- 
niors last home game. It was tough 
with the double overtimes, but we 
all just wanted to stick it out. The tie 
was not what we were hoping for but 
now we're focusing on stepping up to 
finish conference play strong and en- 
sure a tournament berth." 

After the Lady Demons' strong 
win over Sam Houston State, the 
Northwestern State soccer team set 
to face rival Stephen F. Austin on 

The game held up to be a chal- 
lenging and aggressive one with 30 
fouls between the two rival teams. 

After a scoreless tie with SFA, 
NSU is tied for third in conference 
play with the University of Texas at 
San Antonio, SFA and Texas State. 

The Lady Demons will close out 
the regular season with two away 
games this week at Texas State on 
Friday and UTSA on Sunday. 

The conference tournament gets 
underway Nov. 6 in Lake Charles. 

Photo by Lauren Rachal/The Current Sauce 

Seniors Amanda Vines, Grabrielle Asayag, Hannah Casey, Bobbie Hayes, Ashley Millhouse 
and Manette Keller tied Stephen F. Austin 0-0 in their last game at the Demon Soccer Com- 
plex. They were recognized before the game for Senior Day. 

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Obama elected 

Democratic candidate on top after 21 months 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

The results are in, and it looks 
like Sen. Barack Obama is trading 
in that title for president. 

Obama will step in as the 
country's 44th president and its 
first black president. His victory 
Tuesday night marked the end of 
a 21 -month presidential campaign 
season - the longest in U.S. his- 

"This is a history-making elec- 
tion," vocal music performance ma- 
jor Garrison Moore said yesterday. 

National polls showed Obama 
with an 8- point lead over McCain 
going into the election, according 
to a article. 

CNN projected that Obama 
will receive the needed electoral 
votes to pass the 270-vote bot- 
tom line and secure the win. He is 
projected to win California, Ohio, 
Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and 
Virginia, a state that hasn't voted 
for a democratic president since 
1964, according to a ar- 
ticle late last night. 

"I thought he would win, but 
not by so much," NSU alum An- 
drew Stacy said. 

The polls and media were not 
the only ones predicting Obama's 
victory. Many NSU students gave 
the same guess. 

Stephen Varice, a freshman 
business management major, said 
on Election Day that he thought 
Obama would win, which was also 
the outcome he wanted. 

"I expect the best from him 
[Obama]," Varice said even before 
he voted yesterday. 

Derrick Houston, a junior 
math education major who voted 
absentee, agreed with Varice in his 
choice for president. 

"I feel like he's the best can- 
didate, what he stands for," Hous- 
ton said yesterday. "It's time for a 

Houston also said he preferred 
Obama's running mate over Mc- 

Photo by Bethany Frank/ The Current Sauce 

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is on the verge of reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to become the next 
president of the United States. Several NSU students and community members attended a rally in sup- 
port of the candidate that was held on campus Oct.17 at Prather Coliseum. 


"She's too controversial to me," 
Houston said about Gov. Sarah Pa- 

Moore also predicted Obama 
as the winner Tuesday. 

"I feel like the U.S. will be vot- 
ing for him," Moore said. 

Moore voted absentee for the 

Diante Turner, a junior busi- 
ness administration major, said 
Tuesday afternoon that he was con- 
fident Obama would win. 

"Not only is it time, but it's the 
place [for Obama]," Turner said. 

He said he believes Obama is 
ready to lead the country. 

As a John McCain supporter, 
Matt May said he was initially up- 
set that McCain lost, but he didn't 
stay that way. 

"It didn't take long to get over 
that," said May, a junior hospitality, 
management and tourism major. 
"Since I am an American, I'm going 
to do my best to support our presi- 

Sophomore social work major 
Adris Moffett focused more on the 
reasons behind the victor rather 
than the candidate himself. 

"I just hope it's fair," Moffett 
said about either candidate win- 
ning. "I hope race doesn't play a 
part in it." 

Serena Holliday, a senior so- 
cial work major, said yesterday af- 
ternoon that she expected Obama 
to win. Although Holliday couldn't 
say for sure Tuesday who would be 
elected president, she did expect a 
radical change to come as a result 
of either candidate. 

"The next two years will be 
really important," Holliday said. 
"Whoever wins, it's going to be his- 

She also expected the 44th 
president to have to overcome the 
big hurdle that is the country's cur- 
rent financial slump. 

"Whoever wins will have a 
monkey on their back with the 
economy," Holliday said. 

Sophomore art major Grayce 
Raley wasn't gung-ho about Obama 
on Tuesday. 

Raley said she figured Obama 
would win but said she would pre- 
fer the Green Party candidate Cyn- 
thia McKinney for president. 

"I don't mind [if Obama wins]," 
Raley said. "He'd make a decent 

She did, however, see a need for 

the U.S. to have a new president. 

"It really is time for us to get 
some fresh blood in there," Raley 
said. "It's going to be a change who- 
ever wins." 

Now that the 21-month presi- 
dential campaign is over, students 
are looking to what is to come. 

Varice said on Election Day 
that he thinks everything will calm 
down once the elections are over. 

Houston's prediction was the 
opposite, though. Houston said he 
expected chaos to be the order of 
the day Wednesday. 

Andrew Stacy said he expects a 
little bit of everything. 

"We [U.S. citizens] have been 
polarized for a while now, so I don't 
expect it all to go away instantly," 
Stacy said. "I am expecting to see 
people skipping in the streets and 
people grumbling and moping." 

Turner said he doesn't know 
what to expect on Wednesday oth- 
er than an exciting day, but he does 
not want this to divide the U.S. 

"We need to unite as a coun- 
try no matter the outcome," Turner 

Stacy said the public will even- 
tually find a way to come together. 

"Though we are polarized now, 
we are all Americans, and I ear- 
nestly believe that we are going to 
work together to fix our problems," 
Stacy said. "It is what we do, com- 
ing together in the face of our great 

With the polls closing across 
the country, NSU students are pre- 
paring to leave the long-winded 
campaign season behind. 

Holliday said she was ready for 
all the "election stuff" to be over, 
and she wasn't the only one. 

Stacy said he is glad to be able 
to leave behind the "red vs. blue" 
mindset, but he is still glad he vot- 

"I am glad that I was a part of 
history, and for the first time in a 
good while I am optimistic about 
the hands that run the government 
- ours," Stacy said. 

Investigation results in 'stringent' sanctions 

David Royal 

News Editor 

After completing its initial in- 
vestigation on Friday, the Internal 
Board of Directors for Kappa Sig- 
ma Fraternity issued sanctions to 
NSU's Theta-Mu chapter as pun- 
ishment for the chapter's actions 
at its off-campus "slave auction" on 
Oct. 15. 

The Internal Board of Direc- 
tors for Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
assessed that NSU's chapter did in 
fact violate the Fraternity's Code of 

The fraternity's board unani- 
mously voted to place sanctions, 
according to its news release pub- 
lished Oct. 30. 

The news release said these 
sanctions include having the fra- 
ternity receive sensitivity training 
from a professional facilitator, un- 
dergo a membership review and 
write apology letters to the NSU 
student body and Natchitoches 

After receiving the Internal 
Board of Directors' judgment, Dean 
of Students Chris Maggio said NSU 
officials decided to support their 
choice to sanction just as they had 
originally planned. 

Although he still did not wish 
to elaborate on the specific hap- 
penings at the investigated event, 

Maggio said he believed the Inter- 
nal Board of Directors made its de- 
cision to impose disciplinary action 
because the "slave auction" was ra- 
cially insensitive. 

It is not uncommon for frater- 
nities and sororities to host auc- 
tions as a fundraising tool or social 
event, but members of the Theta- 
Mu chapter "took their auction too 
far," Maggio explained. 

Maggio said he hopes the stu- 
dent body understands that the 
Internal Board of Directors thor- 
oughly addressed every issue and 
problem facing the local chap- 
ter and that the sanctions are not 

"Everyone in the fraternity and 
sorority world knows that these 
sanctions are a serious issue," Mag- 
gio said. "They know that a mem- 
bership review is completely unde- 

The membership review will 
consist of Kappa Sigma Fraternity 
sending their own investigators to 
NSU to personally interview each 
member of the Theta-Mu chapter, 
Maggio said. 

Depending on what the na- 
tional headquarters finds, the ex- 
tensive investigation could result in 
further punishment for individual 

The facilitator who is brought 
in for sensitivity training will be 

highly qualified and will help teach 
the members of the fraternity how 
to address diversity issues, Maggio 

Maggio explained that both the 
sensitivity training and member- 
ship reviews will begin some time 
this semester and should be com- 
pleted sometime next semester. 

The only aspect that still needs 
to be addressed is ensuring that the 
sessions and reviews do not inter- 
fere with the students' final exams. 

The apology letters from the 
fraternity are forthcoming, Maggio 

Steve Horton, Kappa Sigma's 
faculty adviser, said he is pleased 
with the manner in which the in- 
vestigation was conducted and 
with its end result. 

"I'm glad that everyone had a 
chance to express their concerns 
and that it wasn't just one-sided," 
Horton said. "It wasn't like a trial." 

Horton added that he does not 
have a problem with the sanctions 
that have been placed. 

"I feel like the sanctions were 
stringent, but in the long run it will 
allow our fraternity to grow," Hor- 
ton said. 

Because the investigation is 
complete, Maggio said NSU will 
start to get back to normal. 

"We can now start the healing 
process," Maggio said. 




Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

NSU's Theta-Mu chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity will begin fulfill- 
ing the requirements underlined by the newly implemented sanctions 
this semester, Dean of Students Chris Maggio said. 



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Alleged shoplifters suspected of stealing 10 textbooks 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Two suspects arrested Oct. 28 
for shoplifting at NSU's University 
Bookstore have posted bail and are 
awaiting further legal action. 

Both suspects were arrested 
after police received a tip from the 
University Bookstore and found 
textbooks still wrapped in its origi- 
nal plastic in one of the suspects' 
cars. The University Bookstore 
is located on the first floor of the 
Friedman Student Union. 

In addition to the misdemeanor 
charge of shoplifting filed by Uni- 
versity Police, Det. Doug Prescott 
said each suspect was charged with 
two counts of shoplifting for both 
alleged actions taking place at the 
Demon Bookstore and Campus 
Corner - two other NSU textbook 

Prescott said the University 
Police will be investigating only 
the charge of shoplifting that took 
place on campus. 

Angie McAfee, assistant man- 
ager at the University Bookstore, 
said she was one of the first to real- 
ize what the two suspects were do- 
ing. McAfee explained that the two 
suspects were stealing textbooks 
from one of the three local book- 
stores and would then sell them 
back to another one of the other 
two bookstores for a profit. 

"I figured out that something 
wasn't quite right after the second 
or third book," McAfee said. 

She said it seemed suspicious 
that the suspect, within only about 
a week, brought multiple brand- 
new textbooks that were still in the 
wrapper to sell to the store. 

Between the three bookstores, 
McAfee said she believes 10 text- 
books - each worth at least $100 
- were stolen and transferred 
amongst the businesses. 

Before informing the police, 
McAfee said she called Campus 
Corner to confirm that the books 
the suspects had brought in that 
day were in fact missing from their 


Because one of the suspects is 
a student at NSU, he will have to 
go through the university's judicial 
process, governed by Dean of Stu- 
dents Chris Maggio. 

According to the 2008-2009 
NSU Student Handbook, the stu- 
dent suspected of shoplifting could 
undergo an administrative hearing 
in which the committee assigned 
to address the case would examine 
different issues. 

These could include whether 
or not the accused student used his 
status as a member of the univer- 
sity community to assist in the ex- 
ecution of the offense. An example 
of this may be the use of his student 
I.D. card. 

The accused student could face 
expulsion from the university, ac- 
cording to the handbook. 

Maggio said he cannot speak 
concerning the student's circum- 
stance because it would violate the 
law and infringe upon the student's 

Photo Illustration by Kelli Fontenot/ The Current Sauce 

In addition to criminal charges, the university's judicial process will 
evaluate one of the suspects, who is an NSU student. 

Students' election celebrations spark police interest 

Photo by Bethany Frank/ The Current Sauce 

An officer for the University Police responds to a noise complaint at 
the University Columns Tuesday night. 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

University Police responded to 
a fire alarm and noise complaints at 
on-campus residence halls follow- 
ing the announcement of Sen. Ba- 
rack Obama's victory last night. 

Just a few minutes after Obama 
was elected president, students 
could be seen driving around cam- 
pus, hanging out of their car win- 
dows and screaming for joy that 
their candidate had won. 

Students were celebrating at 
University Place when someone 
tripped a fire alarm in one of the 

NSU police showed up and 
cleared the building with help from 
the Natchitoches Fire Department 
Tuesday night. 

The officer at the scene, Sidney 
Jacobs, confirmed that there was 

no fire and that only one alarm had 
been pulled. 

Despite being forced outside, 
the spirits of NSU students were 
still riding high. 

"The first black president? This 
is awesome," Tyler Matthews, a res- 
ident of University Place, said. 

Meanwhile, at University Col- 
umns, a large gathering of students 
in the road forced NSU police to 
respond to a "noise complaint," ac- 
cording to the NSU police blotter. 

Students gathered outside to 
celebrate Obama's new position 
as president-elect, cheering and 

As police were trying to clear 
the road and get students settled 
down, a group of them re-convened 
in the street and began shouting 
"Hey! Hey! Hey!" 

After the display, one student 
was led away - but not arrested - 

by police. 

Amid protests, officers began 
patrolling the grounds, some dis- 
playing pepper spray, trying to get 
students back inside their apart- 

Sgt. David Dale of University 
Police, one of the officers at the 
scene, remarked that the priority 
was to try and get students in their 
apartments without making ar- 

Columns resident Malcolm 
Smoot was excited about the out- 
come of the election, but not about 
his fellow students' behavior. 

"I just feel like the reaction to 
his winning was good at first, but 
now it's getting ridiculous," Smoot 

The party at the Columns end- 
ed at the same time as the investi- 
gation at University Place concern- 
ing the triggered fire alarm. 

KNWD ventures into new frontier with news magazine 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

KNWD 91.7 FM has added a 
new radio show to its weekly sched- 
ule - one that is the first of its kind 
to air at NSU. 

Preparation has kept KNWD 
staff members busy and on edge for 
the Friday premiere at noon. 

"It's exciting to work on this 
new show and to help put it all to- 
gether," KNWD news director Kelly 
Miller said. "It's new to the station 
and to the school, so hopefully stu- 
dents will tune in and get more in- 
volved with KNWD." 

Miller, a junior journalism ma- 
jor, said the show will feature news 
stories on campus and local news 
pertaining to students. 

KNWD practicum student 
Ashley Millhouse will host the 
show while other students serve as 
reporters in the field covering the 
latest news as it happens. 

Students of any major are en- 
couraged to get involved with this 

new show. 

The idea for the show came 
from the radio station adviser, jour- 
nalism professor Hesham Mesbah. 

Mesbah, a native of Egypt, ar- 
rived at NSU this summer from 
Kuwait and developed the idea 
from his background in television. 
He said the new format is impor- 
tant to the professionalism of the 
radio station. 

"I hope it will eventually grow 
and evolve into a more professional 
atmosphere for our students and as 
a community service feature," Mes- 
bah said. "It is a way to get more 
students involved and a chance to 
learn more about the broadcast 

The show will also feature sto- 
ries that spark human interest. 

Mesbah said the show will take 
a new approach to presenting the 
flesh and blood of the campus. 

"Each student has their own 
story to tell, and we should share 
the human side along with the 
news," Mesbah said. "I hope stu- 

dents will react and call in with 
their own ideas for stories and give 
us a better idea of what they want 
to hear." 

The show, which has no official 
name, will air weekly on KNWD 
91.7 FM. 

The station's general manager 
Richelle Stephens, a junior journal- 
ism major, has high hopes for the 
show as not only an entertainment 
feature, but also as an educational 
device that will provide new ways 
of learning for students. 

"I believe that the news maga- 
zine will make a wonderful learn- 
ing experience for not only the ra- 
dio news writing class but for the 
KNWD staff too." Stephens said. 

"As genera] manager, I hope to 
redefine KNWD's role within the 
department from extracurricular 
activity to a learning lab where we 
work with a class to produce some- 
thing that professional radio news 
reporters do on a daily basis. I be- 
lieve that my vision is headed in the 
right direction." 

Photo by Amanda Crane/ The Current Sauce 

KNWD news director Kelly Miller and journalism professor Hesham 
Mesbah play a large role in the organization of the news magazine. 
The new radio show, which will air Fridays at noon on KNWD 91.7 
FM, will consist of stories occuring on and off campus. 

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YouTube users share unique views 

Students, organizations upload serious videos, silly skits 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Some NSU students and on- 
campus groups are realizing the 
possibilities provided by technol- 
ogy and 

YouTube is home to millions of 
videos - from episodes of beloved 
'90s cartoons to up-to-the-minute 
election coverage - posted from 
locations all over the world, includ- 
ing Natchitoches. 

While many NSU students use 
YouTube as a tool for finding music 
videos and episodes of their favor- 
ite TV shows, some students have 
uploaded their own videos of silly 
skits to the site. 

Others use the site as a way of 
communicating with their friends 
and family members or sharing 
clever parodies of YouTube clas- 

The addictive site attracts mil- 
lions of people every day, and some 
of these videos are viewed by hun- 
dreds of Internet users. 

YouTube isn't reserved for so- 
cial networking and shows like "Ask 
A Ninja," though. 

Student Government Associa- 
tion president Cody Bourque and 
vice president Mark Daniels posted 
a campaign slideshow to YouTube 
last semester while vying for their 
current positions. 

NSU Exposed, the popular 
video series on Facebook highlight- 
ing on-campus events and fashion 
flaws, now makes its episodes avail- 
able on YouTube. 

Tyran Cosey, a senior busi- 
ness administration and CIS major, 

co-hosts the program along with 
graphic communications major 
Rickey Henry and NSU alumnus 
Kamal Dorsey. 

The show, which comes 
equipped with a new theme song 
this semester, has attracted more 
than 1,600 fans on Facebook and 
has spread to other social network- 
ing Web sites. 

A few organizations at North- 
western have recognized the im- 
pact YouTube can have as well. 

One channel, Mcnsu, provides 
Internet users with footage of the 
Spirit of Northwestern Marching 
band performances. 

Other YouTube directors have 
followed suit, posting videos of 
their favorite NSU marching shows, 
drumline cadences and symphony 

Some students use the site to 
promote on-campus organizations. 

Sarah Sutton, 21, came to NSU 
to study journalism, but ended up 
being one step closer to her dream 

Sutton films videos in her 
spare time and serves as the video 
director for the Baptist Collegiate 
Ministry at NSU, using YouTube to 
share the BCM's message with the 

Sutton plans to go to film 
school after she graduates next 

In high school, she watched 
her best friends turn their hobby - 
making silly short movies - into a 
filming business. 

Sutton soon acquired a camera 
and started filming videos of her 

Her YouTube channel, Mis- 
ayhara, shows several examples of 
her work, including a real-life ver 
sion of the Nintendo game Mari- 
oKart and interpretations of "Lord 
of the Rings" and "The Wizard of 
Oz" with a religious twist. 

Sutton said a "Dr. Who" spin- 
off is the only non-BCM video on 
her YouTube channel thus far, but 
she has plans to include more of 
her personal work in the future. 

"Eventually, there are going to 
be trailers and full movies for my 
College Students Fighting Pure 
Evil' trilogy," Sutton said. 

Sutton filmed the action 
packed trilogy with a few friends 
and is currently working on the 
post- production editing. 

The team used a high quality 
video camera to record the scenes. 
Sutton pointed out that she thinks 
proper software, microphone and 
editing programs matter more than 
the camera. 

Some YouTube video bloggers 
post their videos without making 
any edits, but most use some form 
of software. Sutton said she uses 
iMovie when she's on a Mac and 
combines Windows Movie Maker 
and Pinnacle when she uses a PC. 

She said she thinks iMovie 
is easier to work with, but that all 
three programs produce similar re- 

Sutton's aspirations go beyond 
her YouTube experience. She said 
she hopes to write screenplays and 
start up a Christian film company 
of her own someday. 

Like the BCM, the National 
Center for Preservation Technol- 

Photeiy Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

The NSU athletic department reveals Vic's new face in the Friedman Student Union 
lobby. Vic the Demon donned a mask for Halloween to show off the new logo that 
was chosen last semester. Cheerleaders joined the celebration, and speakers includ- 
ed assistant athletic director Will Broussard and Demon football defensive coordina- 
tor Brad Laird, who encouraged students to support NSU athletics. 

Photo Illustration by Kelli Fontenot/rhe Current Saute 

Students use YouTube for various reasons, including entertainment and social networking. 

ogy and Training located on cam- 
pus also uses YouTube to share its 

The NCPTT posts short video 
clips of a newscast, "Preservation 
Today," to raise awareness of envi- 
ronmental preservation practices 
and educate professionals in the 

Nationally, YouTube has been 
a means of informing the public 

about many different aspects of 
this year's presidential election. 

YouTube launched a "Video 
Your Vote" feature in honor of the 
presidential election, encouraging 
videographers to upload footage of 
their voting experiences. 

Viewers can watch the debates 
and wash them down with a come- 
dic green-screen representation of 
Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John 

McCain competing agri adj 
other in a heavily edited cl.ince 

In the end, it doesn't ically 
matter whether a usc-i logs on to 
watch a video of a panda sneezing. 
A link in the sidebar may lead to 
a more insightful vidc.i. YouTube 
has crossed boundaries, linking the 
serious with the silly in a way lew 
other Web sites could. 

Photos by Chris Taylor/The Current Sauce 

Above: West Monroe High School drum majors accept their Grand Champion Band 
award at the 2008 marching contest, hosted Nov.i in Turpin Stadium by the Spirit of 
Northwestern marching band. Below: A trombone soloist performs at the marching 
contest, which drew students from nearly 30 high schools to the NSU campus. 


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Editor in Chief 
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November 5, 2008 

Photo by Leigh Gentry/The Current Sauce 

Students gather in the Friedman Student Union ballroom for the Student Activities Board's "Vegas Night" Tuesday. 

What happens in Vegas 

Students take gamble with SAB event 

NSU production of 
'Romeo & Juliet' 
sticks to the script 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

NSU students got to play their 
hand at poker - Texas Hold 'Em, 
blackjack and roulette, to be ex- 
act - last night as the Student Ac- 
tivities Board hosted "Vegas Night" 
free of charge in the Friedman Stu- 
dent Union ballroom. 

Devin Owens, executive rep- 
resentative at large for SAB, was in 
charge of planning the event along 
with the help of the 10 "reps at 
large," who have been planning the 
event since the summer. 

Vegas Night was a spin-off of 
last year's "Casino Night," and Ow- 
ens said SAB just wanted to add to 
the event. Tuesday night's event 
included the same games as Ca- 
sino Night, but they added Vegas- 

themed music, Owens said. 

SAB has been limited to one 
event per semester due to the orga- 
nization's minimized budget, and 
this was SAB's event for the fall, 
Owens said. The budget was used 
to cover the costs of decorations, 
advertising and props such as pok- 
er chips. 

"We're operating on a little 
smaller budget, so we're making 
some improvisations," Owens said. 

Students had the chance to win 
door prizes while they gambled 
away their free chips last night. 
Three prizes came from SAB's bud- 
get, but Chili's and the NSU Alum- 
ni Association also donated prizes 
for the event. 

To add to the Vegas theme, 
SAB offered a "wedding chapel" 
station where students could pose 

behind a giant cutout of a bride and 
groom. Representative at Large 
Genny Broggi made the cutout and 
was in charge of the event's decora- 
tions. Broggi also worked as a poker 
dealer during the night. 

Owens said he was impressed 
by the number of people lined up at 
the door as Vegas Night began. 

Senior social work major Josh- 
ua Docter said he came to Vegas 
Night to have fun and take a shot at 

Although he lost all his chips 
to the Texas Hold 'Em and roulette 
tables, he said he won the experi- 
ence of hanging out with friends. 

Docter, an avid Texas Hold 'Em 
player, said he enjoyed the Vegas 
theme and would come back to an- 
other such event. He said he heard 
about the event through Sarah 

Timmons, a friend on SAB. 

Representative at large Tim- 
mons said the turnout was better 
than she expected, which she at- 
tributed to the amount of prepa- 
ration that went into making the 
event a reality. 

"It's really organized," junior 
biology major Timmons said. "You 
come to a lot of events, and they're 
not organized." 

Junior Niko Peters, a physical 
education and hospitality, manage- 
ment and tourism double-major, 
said he also liked the theme but 
would recommend having more 
tables at a future event because he 
had a hard time getting to play at 
the tables. 

Peters's game of choice for the 
night was blackjack, which he said 
he always plays at casinos. 

Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU's recent production of 
"Romeo and Juliet" gave junior 
theatre major Courtney Murphy a 
rather different casting experience. 

It's a well-known fact that in 
Shakespeare's time, all parts were 
played by male actors. 

Co-directors Pia Wyatt and se- 
nior theatre major Ryan Hazelbaker 
decided to cast male actors as male 
characters and female actors as fe- 
male characters in their version of 
the play, with a few exceptions. 

Murphy had the chance to 
play Benvolio, which is typically re- 
served for a male actor. 

"It was exciting to be able to re- 
verse that role," Murphy said. 

Murphy could have easily 
turned down this part, but instead 
she made the best of it. In the end, 
she said the experience was worth 

"It was so much fun," Murphy 


Wyatt and Hazelbaker chose a 
traditional interpretation of Shake- 
speare's famous script without 
making many changes. 

Seniors Donald Jones Jr. and 
Rebecca Russell played Romeo and 
Juliet. Both talented actors have 
participated in many theatre and 
dance productions at NSU, includ- 
ing "CATS" and the annual Christ- 
mas Gala. 

Each member of the cast 
seemed thoroughly invested in 
portraying their characters. 

Senior journalism and theatre 
major Annie Gaarder said she had 
a great time playing the nurse. 

"I loved how it was a comedic 
character role, and it was a lot of 
fun," said Gaarder. 

In one of her favorite scenes, 
Gaarder makes fun of Romeo and 
tells him off with help from Benvo- 

lio (Murphy) and Mercutio (theatre 
major Casey Barrett). 

Murphy's favorite scene was 
the one in which she and Mercutio 
try to convince Romeo to go to the 
Capulet party. She said it was fun to 
work alongside Jones and Barrett. 

The cast performed two mati- 
nees for a group of more than 1,700 
middle and high school students on 
Thursday and Friday. 

Approximately 1,134 people 
showed up to watch the play in the 
A. A. Fredericks Auditorium over 
a span of four nights, according to 
ticket information. 

Freshman vocal education ma- 
jor Jessica Whitlock went to see 
"Romeo and Juliet" one night be- 
cause it was required for her Fine 
Arts class. 

Though Whitlock said she 
didn't want to be there at first, she 
said she ended up having a great 

Whitlock even said she'd en- 
courage her friends to see the pro- 

"I want them to enjoy this ex- 
perience just like I did," Whitlock 

Freshman music education 
major Kirbye Adkins, on the other 
hand, went to the production be- 
cause she is a fan of Shakespeare's 
classic work. 

"I love 'Romeo and Juliet,'" Ad- 
kins said. "It's kind of cool. It has a 
great storyline. I love the moderate 

The theatre department's next 
production, "My Children! My Af- 
rica!" will focus on the tension sur- 
rounding apartheid in South Af- 

Professor Michael J. Johnson 
- who trained the cast of "Romeo 
and Juliet" in the arts of stage com- 
bat and swordfighting - will direct 
the play, which runs Nov. 12-15 and 
Nov. 18-21 in Theatre West. 

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Half the Battle: 

Address to novelists 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

We, as a col- 
lege that heav- 
ily promotes the 
liberal arts, have 
failed our stu- 

We are wont 
to believe that we churn out great 
writers and artists. I believe we 
must re-evaluate ourselves. And 
I base this entire opinion on one 

Bathroom walls. 

Students, have we sunk so low 
that we resort to, excuse the pun, 
bathroom language to humor us? 

We are a society that produced 
comic geniuses like Demitri Martin 
and Steven Wright, yet some peo- 
ple feel crudely-drawn "boobies" 
are comedy gold? 

What does it say about us when 
swear words make us giggle uncon- 

See? Just the thought of a giant 
"F-word" makes you giggle. 

Also, why are there so many 
guys that are coming out of the 
proverbial closet and into an actual 

They even seem eager to meet 
with others and plan their meetings 

on the stall walls, too. In an effort to 
see what they were meeting about, 
I was in the bathroom waiting for 
one to start, but, strangely, no one 
showed up. 

Stranger still, a Google search 
for "bathroom meetings" only re- 
sulted in several pages of unhelpful 

There are some decent writ- 
ers among our school bathroom- 

Poets and theologians have 
made their presence felt in our 
bathrooms, but are often dismissed 
by debaters skilled in the art of 
questioning one's sexual orienta- 

And I will have you know, 
anonymous writer, that my mother 
is a saint, and there is no way you 
fathered me. 

What we need is to put the 
writing skills we learned in high 
school English to good use. Use a 
comma every once in a while. That's 
all I'm asking for. 

Conjugate your verbs. Take an 
art class or two. Talk nicely to oth- 

You have the resources here at 
NSU. Use them to become better 
bathroom vandals. 

Make me want to come back 
and read your words of wisdom 

One last hurrah 

Devon Drake 

Web Editor 

Earlier this 
week, I sched- 
uled classes for 
my final semes- 
ter at NSU: two 
capstones, a mid- 
level science and 
an elective. 

While planning out my sched- 
ule, I ran into a problem altogether 
new to me. 

I've taken every class available 
for my major. 

For once in my college career, 
I'm actually able to choose what 
elective I want to take. 

For the past few years, I've 
taken a myriad of classes from the 
CIS department, ventured out into 
my mandatory business classes and 
used my three years in band to take 
care of my electives. 

Now, I get to choose an elec- 
tive. Maybe selecting an optional 
class isn't a major deal, but it has 
me thinking about the future. 

In the next few months, I have 
to make several major life deci- 

Will I go to graduate school? 
Will I go directly to work? 
Based on those two decisions, 
where will I go? 

I have some reasonable job 

prospects and some ideas of gradu- 
ate schools to consider, but I have 
no idea which job I will take or if 
I want to apply with other compa- 

I don't normally fret over ma- 
jor decisions, but this is, by far, the 
most substantial decision I've been 
faced with thus far. 

I've discussed the idea of what 
comes after graduation with several 
of my friends, though that conver- 
sation usually ends with me feeling 
worse than before. 

The majority of my friends fall 
into two categories: those who share 
my fears and those who apparently 
have their entire lives planned out. 

My friends who share my fear 
only compound what I'm afraid of, 
since most of them are asking me 
what to do with the rest of their 

The other group, the ones who 
have their lives planned out, usual- 
ly decided on the first options they 
were presented with, something 
that conflicts with my personality. 

So, none of my friends have 
been able to calm my nerves, and 
the end of the school year is rapidly 

I'm not exactly sure what I'll do 
yet, so right now I'm going to focus 
on choosing an elective. 

I hope that decision will pro- 
vide a catalyst for me to plan out 
the rest of my life. 

The views 
expressed in this 
publication do 
not necessarily 
reflect those of The 
Current Sauce or 
the university. All 
submissions may be 
edited for clarity 
and length. Guest 
columnists must be 
NSU students, but 
letters the editor 
are welcome 
from anyone. 
All submissions 
become property 

of The Current 
Sauce. Information 
about our letters 

policy can be 
found on our Web 

This week's colum- 
nists are disguised 
in recognition of 
Guy Fawkes Day, 
which is celebrated 
on November 5. 

Think above the belt 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

Screw. Get 
laid. Bone. Have 
relations. Do the 
deed. Seal the 
deal. Horizontal 
mambo. Twit- 
ting. Doing the 
nasty. Nail. Bang. 

Rocking the boat. Bumping uglies. 
All terms encouraged by pop cul- 
ture to demean the sanctity of sex. 

While people might be ani- 
mals, that is not the entirety of our 
being. Unlike animals, people hold 
the ability to reason and have true 
thought. It should be assumed that 
students would want to exercise 
this ability during their collegiate 
career, but instead, some choose to 
exercise their animal instincts. 

Sex is more than a desire for an 
individual to scratch an inch. Sex 
shouldn't be the way people prove 
their love to significant others. 

Sex is the result of passionate, 
undying love between two people. 
Sex should be something beautiful 
and glorified, but it's not. 

Society has made sex out to 
be a game with a prize. Society has 
transformed both the male and fe- 
male form into sexual objects high- 
lighting a sexual desire. 

It is depicted in the media that 
women should wear next to noth- 
ing with all their goodies hang- 
ing out for all the men to see. It is 
depicted that unless they demean 
themselves, no man will desire 


But do you really want a man 
who wants you only for your body, 
and how you could satisfy his sexu- 
al needs? 

According to Fortune Maga- 
zine, porn earnings are estimated 
at $10 billion to $14 billion a year 
in the U.S. 

Sex might sell, but that is be- 
cause men and women choose to 
allow themselves to be held sus- 
ceptible to that type of demeaning 

Levi Strauss makes amazing 
jeans. They have survived the tor- 
tures of childhood games, Thanks- 
giving football and so much more. 
It should be assumed that their 
logo alone could sell their product. 

But it doesn't. Rather, they 
have a young couple undress them- 
selves in order to swim in their un- 
derpants for the first time together. 
The message? Trust. Trust each 
other, trust the jeans. 

TAG body spray provides the 
facade that women will go through 
extremes to jump the bones of any 
man who dares to spray. 

The infamous car commercials 
using beautiful women to do the job 
it should be assumed the car could 
do itself should never be forgotten. 
Kate Walsh depicts the essence of 
car commercials in the 2008 Cadil- 
lac CTS ad. 

The true question is no longer 
if the car itself with all its gadgets 
is the reason you buy it, but rather 
"when you turn your car on, does it 
return the favor?" 

Men and women believe it is 
OK to be used as sex objects. Stu- 
dents believe it appropriate to go 
and have hot, steamy one-night 
stands with whoever buys them a 
drink at the club. 

The result of this behavior? 
Some of the highest STD statistics 
in the state. Natchitoches 
Parish is ranked first in the state 
in chlamydia cases, most common 
in women ages 15-24, according 
to the Louisiana Department of 
Health and Hospitals. 

Natchitoches is ranked second 
to Caddo Parish in gonorrhea cases 
with the highest rates occurring in 
black males between the ages of 15 
and 24, according to LDHH. 

Natchitoches is ranked 20th in 
the state in primary and second- 
ary syphilis cases occurring among 
individuals between the ages of 20 
and 24. 

It is great that Natchitoches 
receives first in something, but 
should it really be STDs? As a cam- 
pus community, is that something 
we should be proud of? Or perhaps, 
is it something we should strive to 

As long as students continue 
to allow the media to dictate their 
sexual lives, STDs will continue to 
flourish in the community, and mo- 
rality will continue to suffer. 

Students need to stop thinking 
with something other than their 
brain and strive to become more 
intelligent and get out in the world 
rather than get into someone's 

Letter to the Editor: Webb addresses students 

To the valued students of North- 
western State University: 

The university is conducting 
an important study to document 
the impact the university has on 
the community and region. The 
study is intended to provide tan- 
gible evidence that the university's 
influence extends well beyond its 
mission of providing a quality edu- 

As part of that comprehensive 
community and economic impact 
study, we are contacting students 
to collect data, which will be used 

to determine the economic impact 
student spending has on the local 
community and region. It is very 
important that those students con- 
tacted provide the information re- 

The students will receive an 
e-mail from Veronica Ramirez Bis- 
coe, director of University Planning 
and Assessment. The e-mail will 
contain a link to the survey, which 
is hosted on Zoomerang. This e- 
mail is not spam and should not be 

I encourage each of you to par- 
ticipate. Your assistance is needed 

for this project to succeed. How- 
ever, your participation is strictly 
voluntary; you are not required to 
participate in the survey. 

The information you choose to 
provide will enable the researchers 
to calculate the economic impact 
students have on the community 
and region as accurately as possible. 
The information you provide will 
be kept confidential. Do not write 
your name or any other information 
which identifies you personally on 
the survey form. Your information 
will be combined with that from 
other students participating in the 

survey to prepare an estimate of 
the economic impact the university 
has on our community and region. 

Thank you in advance for your 
cooperation on this survey. I look 
forward to sharing the results of 
this study with you and with the 
community at large when it is com- 
pleted. The university's positive 
benefits on our community, region 
and state are something of which 
we can all be proud. 


Randall J. Webb, President 

Leigh Gentry 
Editor in Chief 


Fletcher Jonson Michael Silver 
Sports Co-Editor Ad/Operations Manager 

Tiffany Thomas 
Freshman Scholar 

Kelli Fontenot 
Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Haven Barnes 
Layout Editor 

Kevin Clarkston 
Features Reporter 

Jarrett Reeves 
Student Media Adviser 

David Royal 
News Editor 

Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editor 

Amanda Crane 
Staff Reporter 

Devon Drake 
Web Editor 

Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 

Office Phone 

Asya Mitchem 
Staff Reporter 

Student sees no 'choice' about abortion: 

Pro-lifer speaks out against pro-choice schools of thought 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

With Election 
Day over our heads, 
I'd like to tackle the 
issue of abortion. 
Both Senators Mc- 
Cain and Obama 
established their 
opinions on this matter. 

Obama is pro-choice because 
he feels that women who have 
abortions do not make the decision 

McCain is pro-life but is against 
a constitutional amendment ban- 
ning it. 

With that, it can be safe to as- 
sume that McCain is merely falling 
within the lines of the long-stand- 
ing conservative republican de- 

Aside from that however, I am 

pro-life. I stand for life because all 
things animate and inanimate exist 
because of it. 

I've heard many say they are 
pro-choice because some women 
are rape victims and some have 
severe medical issues that cannot 
sustain pregnancy. 

According to survey data col- 
lected by abortion providers, 95 
percent of abortions are done as a 
means of birth control or to elimi- 
nate an unwanted pregnancy. 

Only one percent are for rape 
victims and only three percent are 
because of maternal medical is- 

Ninety-five percent of abor- 
tions are women who merely want 
to erase the result of their sexual 

Many of these women are 
teens seeking to escape the "wrath" 
of their parents. 

I'm not making light of the de- 
cision these women have to make. 
I'm merely stating my opinion. 

Abortion is wrong and it 
should be outlawed. 

A parameter I am willing to 
provide would only be in favor of 
women with life threatening medi- 
cal problems. 

For a woman to have unpro- 
tected sex, get pregnant and abort 
her baby for no insurmountable 
reason is murder to me. 

I think as a nation it's disgust- 
ing that we condone it. 

Even if safer sex practices are 
employed, the fact is pregnancy is 
a possible result of sex. 

If the conscious decision is 
made to participate in sexual in- 
tercourse then the decision should 
be made to consider possible out- 

After reading this you may 

think I'm biased for some reason. 
Let me tell you how much I am 

Yes, I am a Christian, but my 
opinion on abortion has been the 
same for as long as I could logically 

Let me be more specific. I was 
pro-life before the good book told 
me to be. 

Also, I have secondhand ex- 
perience of what the women who 
have abortions go through. 

My mother was advised to 
abort upon learning she had con- 
gestive heart failure. 

My sister was a teenager who 
aborted to hide the pregnancy from 
my parents. 

I have experienced different 
sides of the spectrum, and I still 
hate the act of abortion. 

Now the big argument is 
whether or not the unborn child is 

considered to be an actual human 

Excuse me, but when did that 
become a viable argument? 

Prior to conception the womb 
is void of life. Once an egg and 
sperm fuse that is called fertiliza- 

We all started as a 'clump of 
cells' at one point. We all went from 
blastula, to zygote, to fetus, to baby 
girls and boys. 

But aside from if you adhere 
to a certain timeline that judges 
whether or not a fetus can be con- 
sidered an actual human, here are 
some facts. 

According to the Alan Gutt- 
macher Institute, 40 abortions a 
day are performed on women car- 
rying a child of five months or a 
little older. 

At five months the mother is 
showing and the fetus is quite de- 

veloped - so developed that it can 
feel the abortionist pulling its legs 
out into the birth canal with for- 
ceps, delivering its entire body save 
the head, jamming scissors into its 
skull and using a suction catheter 
to suck out its brains. 

Yes, this is the form of abortion 
used when vacuum abortion is no 
longer an option. 

People still choose to not call 
this murder. 

But I forgot to mention that if 
the doctor accidentally delivers the 
entire fetus an abortion cannot be 
performed because that is consid- 
ered murder. 

I'm not sure there is very much 
else I can say on this topic, and I'm 
not really trying to sway you one 
way or the other. I just want people 
to know the facts because we are 
living in a time where the truth is 
all too coated with sugar. 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
November 5, 2008 

Demons tie for conference lead 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU Demon football team 
found itself in an unfamiliar spot 
after the back-and-forth against 
the Texas State Bobcats, which the 
Demons won in overtime, 34-31. 

The unfamiliar spot for the De- 
mons is sitting atop the Southland 

NSU for the first time since 
2004 is tied with the University of 
Central Arkansas for the SLC lead. 

Byron Lawrence led the way 
for the Demons on the offensive 
side of the ball. 

He carried the ball 34 times 
and gained 174 yards and two 
touchdowns, the second of which 
was the game-winning s< » e. This 
game was the fifth strai, . 100- 
yard rushing game for Lawrence. 

He is now in second place in 
rushing yards in the Southland 
Conference with 920. 

"I get all the glory, but my of- 
fensive line deserves all the credit," 
senior running back Lawrence said. 
"They open up huge holes for me 
and make my job real, real easy." 

Lawrence wasn't the only high- 
light for the Demons on the offen- 

sive side of the ball. 

Quarterback Drew Branch, 
starting in his third straight game 
for injured John Hundley, went 12 
of 23 for 171 yards and a 51-yard 
touchdown pass to wide receiver 
Dudley Guice Jr. 

The Demon offense gained a 
total of 422 yards with 251 of them 
coming on the ground. 

"This was a huge team victory," 
head coach Scott Stoker said. "They 
[Texas State] are a very talented 
football team, and we knew for us 
to win this game we would have to 
play well on both sides of the ball, 
and we did that." 

Texas State came into the game 
averaging more than 550 yards of 
total offense per game and 44 points 
per game. The Purple Swarm de- 
fense for the Demons was able to 
hold the high-powered Bobcat of- 
fense to only 350 total yards. 

Also, the Demons were able to 
capitalize on TSU's mistakes, with 
cornerback Kasey Brown returning 
an interception back 40 yards for 
the touchdown only three minutes 
into the game. 

Kicker Robert Weeks missed a 
41 -yard field goal that would have 
won the game in regulation and 

broken the record for most career 
field goals made by an NSU player. 

Thanks in part to the four ex- 
tra points Weeks scored, he is now 
NSU's all-time leading scorer for 

He still stands one field goal 
away from breaking the all-time 
school record for field goals made 
and only a handful of points away 
from breaking the all-time career 
scoring record. 

This game also was the first 
win on the road in the last 10 tries. 

The Demons haven't been able 
to win on the road since 2006, and 
if they want to win the Southland 
Conference championship and gain 
an automatic bid into the playoffs, 
they will have to learn to win on the 
road for the rest of the season. 

With only three games left, two 
of which are on the road, it will not 
be easy for the Demons. 

"We helped ourselves with 
a win on the road against a good 
Texas State team, but this big game 
only makes the next one even big- 
ger," Stoker said. 

The NSU Demons line up next 
week in Conway, Ark. against the 
other first place team, the No. 9 
University of Central Arkansas. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon The Current Sauce 

Senior kicker Robert Weeks (1) broke the NSU scoring record for kickers in a 34-31 win over the Bobcats. 

Consistency assists volleyball team 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU Lady Demon volley- 
ball team seemed to flatten out the 
roller coaster ride it calls a season 
by winning its last two home games 
and extending its winning streak to 
three games this weekend, the lon- 
gest this season. 

It started with a 3-1 victory 
over the Nicholls State Lady Colo- 
nels. Leading the way for the Lady 
Demons was Markie Robichau, who 
scored a double-double, leading the 
team in kills with 15, and added 10 
digs. Yelena Enwere also added 10 
kills. Megan Dockery led the team 
in assists with 43 and tied with Me- 
gan Manning for team-high in digs 
with 13. 

"This was one of the ugliest 
wins we have had all season, but a 
win's a win and we'll take it," head 
coach Brittany Uffelman said. 

The third win of the season- 
high three-game winning streak 
came against the University of 
Southeastern Louisiana in straight 
sets. Laranda Spann and Markie 
Robichau led the team in kills with 
nine apiece. Megan Dockery for the 
second straight game led the team 

in assists with 26. Megan Manning 
was the only Lady Demon to crack 
double digit digs with 11. The Lady 
Demons had a high team hitting 
percentage of .301, compared to 
the Lady Lions who only managed 
a meager .010 hitting percentage. 

"This was a critical win for us," 
Uffelman said. "This win puts us 
in the five win category and pretty 
much guaranteed a spot in the con- 
ference tournament. It puts us in a 
good situation with the conference 
tournament right around the cor- 

This win moves the Lady De- 
mons' record to 10-12 overall and 
5-7 in Southland Conference play. 
Uffelman said moving the ball to 
junior setter Megan Dockery is 
crucial to winning. 

"If we pass well there is no team 
in the conference that can beat us," 
Uffelman said. "I know it puts a lot 
of pressure on our passing game, 
but if we pass well we can be suc- 
cessful on the road." 

After the four-game home 
stretch, the Lady Demons have a 
four-game away stretch where they 
play Stephen F. Austin, McNeese 
State, Lamar and Sam Houston 
State to finish off the season. 

Photo By Gary Hardamon/ The Current Sauce 

Megan Manning (3) leads NSU in digs in a 3-1 win over Nicholls State. 

NSU closes out regular season 

Asya Mitchem 

Staff Reporter 

The Lady Demons soccer team 
played its final games in the South- 
land Conference regular season last 

The conference consists of 10 
teams, and the Lady Demons fin- 
ished the regular season in sixth 
place. The Lady Demons played 
against Texas State University Fri- 
day in San Marcos. 

After the teams' hard efforts, 
the Lady Demons suffered a 1-0 
loss against the Lady Bobcats. NSU 
managed only seven shots and two 
shots on goal. The Lady Bobcats 
outshot the Lady Demons 16-7. 
Texas State won the regular season 
conference championship, earning 
the No. 1 seed in the tournament. 

"It's really frustrating for us 
all because we know we have such 
a good team. We are just having 
trouble finishing as a team," senior 
midfielder Bobbie Hayes said. "We 
are having trouble scoring goals. 
We are all working really hard. It 
just hasn't clicked yet." 

Sunday, the Lady Demons lost 
another heartbreaker, 1-0 against 
the University of Texas at San Anto- 

nio. Once again, the Lady Demons 
never found the back of the net, be- 
ing shut out for the third game in a 

"Sunday was really emotional 
because we knew we had to win 
one of the two games to get into 
the conference tournament," Hayes 

Despite the loss, the Lady De- 
mons will be able to play in the 
Southland Conference tournament. 
The Lady Demons ranked higher 
than Sam Houston State because 
of the loss Sam Houston State had 
against Lamar University. 

This resulted in the Lady De- 
mons earning the sixth seed in 
the Southland Conference tourna- 
ment. McNeese State goes into the 
tournament as the two seed, while 
UTSA enters as the three seed. 

The Ladyjacks of Stephen 
F. Austin follow as the four, and 
Southeastern Louisiana University 
earned the five seed. 

"We got a lucky break when 
Lamar beat Sam Houston," Hayes 

The Lady Demons play their 
first game in the SLC tournament 
Thursday against UTSA in Lake 
Charles, La. 

urrent Demon Rewards Standings 

Bullard - 29 

2. Fletcher Jonson - 

3. Matt Folwer - 28 

4. Matt English - 28 

5. Chris Smith - 27 

6. Casey Soileau - 26 
29 7. Cecile Bodet - 24 

8. Ashly Potier - 24 

9. Susannah Bellon - 24 

10. Samantha Wright - 24 

1 1 . Carl Dishler - 2 

12. Audra Callende 

13. Lyndzee Greene - 23 

14. Jessica McPhail-23 

15. Cary Bruno -22 

Fourth and Fletch: Optimism overlooked 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Northwestern State and the 
University of Central Arkansas are 
tied for the conference lead in the 
Southland Conference. 

That's right. If the season ended 
today, the Demons would receive 
the automatic bid for the playoffs 
because UCA is not eligible. 

I must admit I was very pessi- 
mistic entering the season. 

This is very odd for me because 
I am usually the most optimistic 
person regarding my favorite sports 

I apologize to the NSU football 
team and coaching staff for my pes- 

I have been waiting nearly four 
years for a team that is a legitimate 
contender for a conference tide, 
with the last one being in 2004. 

I have been patient for three 
years. I finally relinquished my op- 

I have been told for the past 
few years that 2008 is supposed to 
be the season we make a run for the 
conference championship. 

Before the season started, I 
said I would be happy with a six- 
win season. 

I said six wins for two reasons: 
1. It would be the most wins in a 
season since my freshman year, 
which was 2005, when NSU fin- 
ished with a 5-5 record. 

2. It would be tied for the high- 
est winning percentage since I've 
been here. Considering we're 6-3 
right now, my wish has come true. 

However, I have a new wish 
now. With the Purple Swarm de- 
fense dominating and senior run- 
ning back Byron Lawrence pound- 
ing his way through opposing 
defenses, we have a very, very good 
chance of winning the conference 

Congratulations to the team, 
which captured NSU's first road 
win since Oct. 21, 2006, when the 
Demons defeated Nicholls State 
9-0. This weekend, the Demons 
outmuscled Texas State in San 
Marcos, 34-31 in overtime. 

Whenever I found out we beat 
Texas State this weekend, I was in 
my apartment yelling, "We're tied 
for the conference lead." 

I know my excitement grows 
every year for Demon athletics, 
but the last time I remember being 
that excited was in 2006 when the 
basketball team upset Iowa in the 
NCAA Tournament. 

I hope my excitement can con- 
tinue to grow over the next three 

This weekend the team will 
travel to Conway, Ark., to battle the 
Bears in a showdown of conference 

If the Demons upset the No. 
9-ranked Bears, according to a ri- poll, NSU will be in a great 
position to win the conference title 
entering the always-anticipated 
McNeese State game, which is the 
last home game of the year. 

The Demon football team has 
three quality opponents remaining 
this season. 

All of them are crucial. On 
Nov. 15, when we host McNeese, I 
know the football team and coaches 
would love to see a packed Turpin 

That game could earn the con- 
ference title for the Demons, which 
would be the first since 2004. 

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News Editor 
Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

The undesired situation, and 
yet widely popular subject, of the 
economic crisis has left its imprint 
on almost every aspect of the na- 
tion - including the education sys- 

At the NSU Foundation's quar- 
terly review in October, members 
discussed the effects that the na- 
tion's current economic status has 
had on NSU's investments. 

"Due to a complete unraveling 
of the market, NSU's financial plans 
have not been effective," said Ste- 
phen Lanzo, the managing director 
of Commonfund, which according 
to its Web site is a nonprofit corpo- 
ration that specializes in managing 
the finances of educational institu- 

NSU President Randall J. 
Webb said the university and the 
NSU Foundation each have rough- 
ly a few million dollars invested in 

In his report, Lanzo told the 
audience that in the months of 
September and October the value 
of the foundation's investments had 
dropped by 16 percent. 

According to a summary of 
all of the foundation's market- 
able investment accounts that was 
given out at the quarterly review, 
the NSU Foundation's beginning 
market value in October 2007 was 
more than $7 million, and the end- 
ing value in September 2008 had 
dropped by more than $1 million. 

Lanzo added, however, that 
NSU is only one of many universi- 
ties being affected by the economic 

Webb said he has personally 
never experienced an economic 
situation quite like this. 

"With this drastic decline, I 
don't think anyone saw this on the 
horizon," Webb said. 

Webb said he wanted to assure 
everyone that this specific depreci- 
ation of value in their investments 

will not affect the amount of schol- 
arships granted to students. 

Provost and Vice President 
of Academic and Student Affairs 
Thomas Hanson said the reason 
not as many aspects of NSU are be- 
ing affected as would be expected 
is because much of the university's 
funding comes from student fees, 
not stock investment. 

Hanson explained that these 
aspects, such as funding for student 
organizations, could be indirectly 
affected, however, by the economic 
crisis. An example of this would be 
if citizens decide that they can no 
longer afford to attend NSU and 
enrollment drops as a result. 

Hanson said, fortunately, this 
period in the market has typically 
worked to NSU's advantage. 

"History has shown that when 
the economy is going down there is 
an increase in those seeking post- 
secondary education," Hanson 

The primary aspect of NSU 
that will be affected is the amount 
of funding provided for endowed 
chairs and professorships, Webb 

For students, the economic sit- 
uation has also had varying effects. 

Many students interviewed 
said they have been primarily af- 
fected in terms of the amount of 
financial aid given. 

Andrea Pugh, a freshman psy- 
chology major, said she has had a 
difficult time coming up with the 
money to pay for school because of 
the crisis. 

"Because I still owe the school 
money, my enrollment is being 
threatened," Pugh said. "I either pay 
the money by December 19, or I 
can't come back in the spring. I can't 
help it that 1 have a single mom. I'm 
doing all I can to pay them little by 
little, and I hate that my education 
is being threatened even after I've 
taken out loans." 

Like Pugh, freshman liberal 
arts major Crystalyn Whitaker has 
had trouble obtaining financial aid 
this semester. 

"Financial Aid told me my dad 
makes too much," Whitaker said. 

Photo Illustration by Tiffany Thomas/ The Current Sauce 

Students on campus have different outlooks concerning how they have been affected by the eco- 
nomic crisis surrounding the nation. Some say they feel that the issue has not necessarily had an 
impact on them yet because they are not completely financially independent. Many say, however, 
that the economic situation has influenced the amount of time they spend driving, which grocer- 
ies they buy and how they pay for school. 

"I guess they don't care that he has 
to pay other bills. Luckily I have 
scholarships, but those weren't as- 
sured at one point." 

Kegan Keller, a freshman edu- 
cation major and ROTC cadet, said 
the market has actually influenced 
the career path he will take after 

In order to one day become a 
teacher, Keller said he has to rely 
on the military to pay for his school 
now and believes this has limited 
his career options in some ways. 

Sophomore hospitality, man- 
agement and tourism major Dan- 
ielle Antoon said gas prices have 
caused her the most strain this se- 

"When the gas prices started 
rising, I, as with everyone else who 
had a vehicle, started to get very 
nervous and constandy wondered 
how much we would end up paying 
in the end," Antoon said. "Now that 
the prices are decreasing again, I 
feel very relieved." 

Freshman business adminis- 
tration major Lacy Williams, how- 
ever, said she honestly has not been 
influenced by the economy. 

"I think it has affected older 
people more than, like, us college 
kids," Williams said. "I don't have 
bills to pay or anything, just gas, so 
I don't really think about it." 

During the quarterly review, 
Lanzo said there is hope for stu- 

dents and NSU officials. 

"We [Commonfund] do like 
what we see in the emerging mar- 
kets," Lanzo said. 

In order to help correct cur- 
rent economic problems, Lanzo 
explained that NSU officials and 
investors must make "major shifts" 
in their way of thinking. His advice 
included obtaining long-term en- 
dowments and having NSU officials 
meet more than just four times a 

Webb said just as in the Great 
Depression the American people 
will rise above this current crisis. 

"You have to ask yourself one 
thing: Do you have faith in the fu- 
ture of America?" Webb said. 

Police stop traffic violators in their tracks, 59 citations issued 

Photo by teigh Gentry/ The Current Sauce 

Edward Davis conducts this train repeatedly throughout the city 
of Natchitoches on Monday. 

Leigh Gentry 

Editor in Chief 

The City of Natchitoches Po- 
lice Department joined the Louisi- 
ana State Police in cracking down 
on railroad crossing safety Monday 

The two departments had of- 
ficers posted at the multiple rail- 
road crossings that weave through 

Natchitoches for more than three 
hours Monday. 

The officers observed viola- 
tions - such as illegally crossing 
the railroad tracks when the lights 
are flashing - chased down the 
cars and wrote tickets, state police 
public information officer Scott 
Moreau said. 

"The more law enforcement of- 
ficers we have, the more people we 

can check," Moreau said. 

The two departments issued 
59 citations for illegally crossing 
the railroad tracks Monday morn- 
ing, giving out 30-40 in just the first 
two hours. 

Sophomore general studies 
major Zach Anderson received one 
of the 59 for going over the tracks 
while the warning lights were flash- 

Anderson said he saw the lights, 
stopped at the tracks, checked to 
see if it was clear and then crossed. 

He said he saw the train, but 
it was far enough away for him to 
cross safely. 

This was not his first time to 
cross railroad tracks illegally, but it 
was his first ticket for it. 

Anderson said he didn't real- 
ize it was illegal to cross when the 
lights were flashing if he stopped to 
check first, and he wasn't the only 

Natchitoches Police Depart- 
ment Sgt. Randy Williams said that 
all the drivers he pulled over said 
they didn't know the law. 

He said they thought they 
could cross the tracks when the 
lights were on as long as they yield- 
ed and could cross safely. 

However, Williams said traffic 
details like Monday's could teach 
them a thing or two. 

"I don't know how much this 
citation costs, but if it's over $100 

and this close to Christmas, they'll 
learn," Williams said. 

The fine for illegally crossing 
railroad tracks depends on the ju- 
dicial districts but can range from 
$50 to $500, Moreau said. 

Edward Davis drove the Union 
Pacific train back and forth across a 
two-mile strip of railroad tracks in 
Natchitoches Monday. 

A train conductor of five years, 
Davis said he sees many people 
cross in front of a moving train ev- 
ery day. 

Davis has never been in a train 
accident, but he said he has seen 
more close calls than he cares to 
talk about. 

"I just hope I never get involved 
in one," Davis said. 

The two police departments 
were able to raise awareness about 
railroad crossing safety and to en- 
force the law during Monday's traf- 
fic detail. 

"You fight a train, you can't 
win," Trooper First Class Adrian 
Landrineau of the Louisiana State 
Police Department said. "People 
don't realize a train can't stop." 

An average freight train weighs 
about 12 million pounds and takes 
about a mile and a half to come to a 
complete stop, which may account 
for the 143 crashes with trains in 
Louisiana in 2006. 

There were eight fatalities in 
the same year, according to the 

most recent complete statistics. 

Preliminary 2007 information 
ranked Louisiana eighth with 14 fa- 
talities, according to the Operation 
Lifesaver Web site. 

Louisiana Operation Lifesaver 
is a national nonprofit organization 
that travels across the state to give 
presentations about railroad cross- 
ing safety. 

The group's motto is "look, lis- 
ten, live." 

The Louisiana Department of 
Transportation and Development 
is upgrading nine railroad crossings 
in Natchitoches, which will take 
about a year to complete, LaDOTD 
railroad coordinator Gretchen Fer- 
guson said. 

Ferguson said each upgrade 
costs between $175,0OO-$250,00O, 
and Union Pacific, City of Natchi- 
toches and a federal safety fund will 
split the bill. 

These upgrades include mak- 
ing some of the intersections "ac- 
tive" crossings by adding gates. 
Although this may help, it must be 
coupled with following the railroad 
safety laws, Moreau said. 

"Putting active crossings up is 
not an answer to crashes," Moreau 

Monday's traffic detail was 
Natchitoches' second one in the 
past year, and Union Pacific has 
been participating in these state- 
wide details for five years. 


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News Editor 
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boards of the Student Government 
Association and the Student Ac- 
tivities Board are looking into and 
enforcing stricter measures to keep 
their property safe as a result of a 
failure to keep offices locked when 

Yonna Pasch, director of Stu- 
dent Activities and adviser for the 
SGA, said both organizations have 
a great deal of technological equip- 
ment in their offices, and although 
nothing has been stolen this semes- 
ter, she does not wish to take any 
chances. Some of this equipment 
includes computers, a copy ma- 
chine and plasma television. 

"We want to be proactive, not 
reactive," Pasch said. 

Along with the technological 
equipment, Pasch said the offices 
hold personal student information 
that should not be allowed to be 
seen by just anyone who walks in. 

Although both organizations 

have been warned in the past, 
members of the SAB and the SGA 
have failed to fulfill their responsi- 
bility to keep their items secured by 
loc king their doors, Pasch said. 

SAB adviser Kirk Lee said, 
though he could not speak for the 
members of the SGA, he agreed 
with Pasch and explained that there 
has indeed been a problem with the 
SAB not protecting their property. 

As a result, Friedman Student 
Union manager Fred Teresa, Lee 
and Pasch decided to keep both 
offices locked to every student ex- 
cept the members of the executive 
boards. The Current Sauce was un- 
able to contact Teresa. 

Pasch said, in terms of the 
SGA, this new system is only serv- 
ing as a "temporary fix" and is pri- 
marily in place "to get the attention 
of the students." 

Lee said, however, that with 
the SAB this system could be in 
place for a while and may serve as 
permanent solution. 

"I don't think the system is un- 
warranted at all," Lee said. 

SAB President Roderick Wil- 
son said this new system is fair 
because he and his members were 
warned more than once before, but 
said he nevertheless wishes it was 
not being implemented. 

"It makes it harder for our 
board as a whole because we don't 
have free range to come in and out 
as we please," Wilson said. 

SGA President Cody Bourque 
said he understands why Pasch and 
Lee implemented this new system. 

He said he agrees that there 
has been some miscommunication 
between the senators and Pasch 
and that the SGA office has been 
left unlocked overnight a few times 
this semester. 

Bourque added that he and the 
executive board have been trying 
to work with Pasch to help her see 
that the SGA needs access to the 

"The office isn't just for the ex- 
ecutives," Bourque said. "The sena- 
tors need the office as well to be 
sure that they meet their responsi- 

While the offices were closed 
last week, Bourque said the mem- 
bers of the SGA still tried their best 
to do their job. There was only one 
day during which the SGA was un- 
able to hand out free scantrons to 
students, he said. 

"We haven't allowed the situa- 
tion to hamper us," Bourque said. 

After speaking with the ex- 
ecutive board last week, Pasch said 
that she and Teresa agreed to allow 
the SGA to return to its previous 
system, which essentially grant- 
ed senators access to their office 
whenever they pleased. 

Pasch explained, however, that 
the SGA failed once again over the 
weekend to prove that they were 
responsible enough to continue 
using their old system. As a result, 
Pasch and Teresa re-implemented 
their strict system. 

SGA treasurer Lauren Michel 
said she believes the issue with the 
offices being locked is not a high 
priority on the SGAs list and said 
there are many issues that the or- 
ganization is currently working on 

that should be given more atten- 

Both Bourque and Michel as- 
sured that they and the remaining 
executive board have already met 
with Pasch and have come up with 
a solution. 

"It's a problem that has been 
resolved, and there are much larg- 
er issues that we are addressing," 
Bourque said. 

Pasch said, however, she be- 
lieves the issue has not been re- 
solved yet, and although she does 
agree that the members of the SGA 
should focus their time on other 
matters concerning the student 
body, she added that protecting the 
SGA's property should not be ne- 

"Right now there's no account- 
ability in the offices, and we're now 
trying to find a happy medium for 
the problem," Pasch said. 

Pasch met with the SGA ex- 
ecutive board yesterday to help 
find a solution for the issue, such as 
establishing a checkout system for 
the office keys. 

Cancer research continues as grant nears end 

Photo by Amanda Crane/ The Current Sauce 

Junior biology major Sarah Timmons works with yeast that she 
has groWn in the lab. Results from these studies could poten- 
tially lead to a better understanding of cancer. 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

Francene Lemoine, an assistant 
professor of biological sciences, 
has reached the end of a three-year 
grant to study chromosome rear- 
rangement in order to find a cure 
for cancer. 

Her team has identified fragile 

sites on yeast chromosomes, which 
Lemoine said have been known to 
exist in human cells. 

No one has been able to identi- 
fy them in less complex organisms, 
she said. 

"By identifying them in the 
yeast, hopefully we can figure out 
how they work in less complex or- 
ganisms and then try to relate our 

studies to how it actually happens 
in human cells," Lemoine said. "It's 
an ongoing project. There are many 
things that can go on beyond this 

Lemoine said she hopes to get 
more grants so that she can con- 
tinue her research. 

The Leukemia and Lymphoma 
Society awarded Lemoine with the 
$180,000 grant in June 2005 while 
she was teaching at Duke Univer- 

The grant, a career develop- 
ment award, provides young re- 
searchers with the materials they 
need to get labs functioning and 
begin their research. 

Lemoine began studying chro- 
mosome rearrangement in 2002 to 
determine the initial cause of trans- 
locations - the term for the actual 
break in the chromosome - and to 
figure out why the translocations 

"If you can prevent the break 
from initially happening then you 
can prevent it from being repaired 
incorrectly, and you won't have 
a translocation," Lemoine said. 
"There's such a large aspect of un- 
derstanding the development of 
cancer when dealing with DNA re- 

Lemoine explained that chro- 
mosomes are long strands of DNA 
that must stay intact for a cell to 
grow and develop normally. When 
it breaks, the pieces of DNA are 
no longer together, and there is a 
chance that they will not pass on to 
the next cell correcdy. 

Lemoine's research is conduct- 
ed on yeast in her lab, where it is 
grown in a controlled environment 
and under different conditions for a 
more effective study. By using yeast, 
she has found that some regions of 
the chromosomes have developed 
fragile sites - the site at which the 

chromosome will break. 

Lemoine is not alone in her 
journey. Three undergraduate stu- 
dents assist her through the Joint 
Venture (JOVE) program. 

The NSU College of Science 
and Technology Web site defines 
it as a highly selective scholarship 
program for students majoring in 
biology, chemistry, mathematics 
or physics, with the intent of giving 
students the opportunity to pursue 
research in their field at the under- 
graduate level. 

Sarah Timmons, a junior biol- 
ogy major, joined the JOVE pro- 
gram this fall after talking with her 
adviser and realizing how much it 
would benefit her future. 

"It's fun because it is your own 
project to work on," Timmons said. 
"It sounds dorky, but now I can 
grow my own yeast and keep grow- 
ing it if I mess it up. This is a great 
way for me to get hands-on experi- 
ence that I wouldn't get sitting in a 

Lemoine and the undergradu- 
ate assistants are currently trying 
to develop techniques to identify 
the chromosome rearrangements 
more efficiently. 

They began studying them one 
cell at a time and are now looking 
for a way to analyze them rapidly 
and more at a time. 

If they are successful in finding 
a new technique, the research team 
may be able to increase the study 
pool and uncover more fragile sites 
to observe. 

"If we can increase the num- 
ber of fragile sites we are looking 
at then we can eventually make 
some general statements as to what 
makes it a fragile site and what 
makes it break in that condition," 
Lemoine said. "Once we figure it 
out with the yeast we can then look 
at why it happens in human cells." 

Lemoine's interest in DNA 
repair began while taking her first 
genetics class as an undergradu- 
ate at the University of Louisiana- 

She earned her Ph.D. at the 
Baylor College of Medicine in 
Houston, where she studied the 
human T-cell leukemia virus. After 
teaching at the University of North 
Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke 
University, she moved back to her 
native state and has been a profes- 
sor at NSU for three years. 

With the help of the grant she 
received in 2005, Lemoine was 
able to further her research. She 
said she used the money from the 
career development award to pur- 
chase equipment for lab studies, 
and designated amounts of the 
budget supplemented her salary for 
independent lab hours. 

Lemoine's work has been pub- 
lished in two professional biology 
journals. Her first paper was pub- 
lished in "The Cell," and most re- 
cently her research was published 
in the October 2008 edition of 
"Molecular and Cell Biology." 

One problem Lemoine says she 
faces as a researcher is that people 
want a pill that will cure all types of 

However, it is not that easy. 
Each type of cancer is unique, 
and each person with cancer is 
unique too, she said. If there is in 
fact a cure for cancer, Lemoine said 
it will be found in the basic compo- 
nents of the human body. 

"Understanding how the hu- 
man cell works is vital before even 
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treatment for cancer," Lemoine 
said. "People want someone who 
will find a vaccine or treatment 
that will prevent them from getting 
cancer, but there will never be that 
magic pill." 

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November 12, 2008 


Students rely on 
gratuity more than 
standard wages to 
keep up with rent 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Tipping is subjective, not a sci- 

The constantly changing U.S. 
economy has affected the way peo- 
ple spend, splurge and save. 

Some people have pinched 
their pennies in areas that they feel 
will benefit their wallets instead of 
others' incomes - like tipping their 
servers at restaurants. 

In past years, a widely accepted 
gratuity standard has been 15 per- 
cent of a bill. Some cell phones even 
include a convenient "tip calcula- 
tor" that use the 15 percent rule. 

Many people stick to the 15 
percent minimum. 

Others consider the server's 
personality, the quality of the food 
and the time it took for the server 

to bring it to the table. 

It can be a challenge for a col- 
lege student to tip on a regular ba- 
sis, but it can be even tougher for 
the students who depend on those 

Servers, according to the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor, take customers' 
orders, serve food and sometimes 
work as cashiers, depending on the 
restaurant at which they work. 

Amy Fain, a senior music edu- 
cation major at NSU, has worked at 
Sonic Drive-In on Keyser Avenue 
as a carhop for about a year - full 
time in the summer and part time 
during school. 

She said her job at Sonic is re- 
warding, and that her tips are an 
essential part of her income. 

"My tips pay for my food, and 
my checks pay for my rent and bills, 
so I do depend on tips from Sonic," 

Photo Illustration by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

Tipping methods vary, according to many student servers. 


Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

A large number of students at NSU work in the food industry, whether they're preparing meals 
or taking orders. Some of them have to depend on the tips they receive to be able to pay for their 
school, housing and utility expenses. 

Fain said. 

A general shift is about six 
hours, and Fain said she can make 
anywhere from $20 to $30 in tips in 
a shift. 

"Some days you won't even get 
any tips, but it just depends, like, I 
usually make anywhere from $80 to 
$100 in tips a week," Fain said. 

Fain said she has seen custom- 
ers tip based on a server's demean- 

She said she tries to keep a 
pleasant attitude while she's at 
work. She also tries to avoid giv- 
ing customers the cold shoulder or 
"getting in their face." Some cus- 
tomers put money back in their 
purses when servers are rude, Fain 

"Sometimes I've seen people 
even get money back out and go, 
'Well, you were very nice and you 
smiled and you made my day,' and 
they give you money. It depends on 
you. You are your tip," Fain said. 

A number of issues can affect a 
server's behavior. 

A server might end up handling 
several customers in one evening, 
and if there are problems within a 
restaurant - miscommunication 
between the kitchen staff and the 
server, a shortage of products or 
even a manager's bad mood - the 
customer sometimes gets neglect- 
ed and takes it out on the server. 

The U.S. Department of La- 
bor reports a mean hourly wage of 

$8.93 for waiters and waitresses, 
but most servers interviewed said 
their wages are between $2 and $3 
per hour. 

Fain said she tries to tip well 
when she goes out to eat regardless 
of how good the service is. Lillian 
Hare, a senior psychology major, 
share's Fains perspective. Even 
when her server makes a mistake or 
seems to be having a rough night, 
she still tips because she doesn't 
know what's going on in the kitch- 
en or how many tables they have. 

Hare advised people who don't 
tip to realize that their servers are 
not making the minimum wage 
they would at any other job. 

"They're making below what's 
expected. A lot of people assume 
that you're making 5.15, 5.85, 6, 
whatever the amount is - but real- 
ly, you're making barely enough to 
get by," Hare explained. "At the end 
of the week, your paycheck is the 
tables that you're working on. So, if 
you have a slow week and you don't 
have tables, you don't have rent." 

Hare worked as a barista at Mr. 
Johnny's Cafe and Bistro on Front 
Street last semester. 

Hare said her tips at Mr. John- 
ny's ranged from $0.20 to $10 a 
day, even though she made drinks 
according to customers' specifica- 

She pointed out that a bar- 
tender can hand an open bottle of 
Bud Light to a customer and get a 

$1 tip, but a barista might make a 
coffee drink according to the cus- 
tomer's detailed requests and get 
nothing in return. 

"If you're already paying $1.99 
for coffee, why not spend another 
dollar?" Hare asked. 

It may simply be a matter of ig- 

Hare said one customer even 
reached into the tip jar when she 
was a few cents short of paying her 
bill, though the word "tips" was 
clearly displayed on the front of the 

Hare said she also worked at 
the local restaurant Chuck Wagon 
for about a year before working at 
Mr. Johnny's. She said her work 
sometimes affected her studies. At 
Mr. Johnny's, she said she worked 
around 30 hours a week and tu- 
tored on campus in addition to her 
• course load as a full-time student. 

Even students who deliver piz- 
za are not immune. Fain delivered 
pizza for a Domino's in Bossier 
City while she was in high school. 
She said most of her tips were only 
about $1 or $2, despite the gas ex- 
penses that most delivery workers 
have to pay for themselves. 

Fain said she loves her job at 
Sonic and hopes to continue work- 
ing there. Hare, though, seems to 
have had her share of life as a serv- 
er, and she said she doesn't want to 
work in the industry again if she 
can help it. 

City hosts 


Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

Natchitoches hosted the 19th 
annual Marathon Rowing Cham- 
pionship - the only continuous 
26.2-mile marathon on a lake in the 
country - Saturday at the mean- 
dering Cane River Lake. 

"The water here is ideal for an 
event like this, and it's one of the 
main contributors of recruiting 
schools to come," director of mar- 
athon programming Jason Stelly 

This event has drawn crowds 
from as far as California and Lon- 
don. Former crew coach Alan Pas- 
ch even said that this was a down 
year for the event because of the 
economy and the amount of money 
it takes in gas, food and just overall 
preparation for an event like this. 

There were still more than 1 10 
participants at the championships 
from more than 35 schools and 
rowing clubs across the country. 

The main attraction was the 
defending National Champion 
Wisconsin Badgers crew team. 
They were successful in breaking 
the oldest record in the Marathon 
Rowing Championships' history. 
They broke the 16-year-old record 
by three minutes in the men's open 
eight division. 

NSU also had a good showing 
in the championship, winning gold 
in its division, mixed open eight, 
with a time of three hours and 32 

The event wasn't open to just 
college teams, but to anyone who 
wanted to enter the event. More 
than 15 participants entered their 
canoes, kayaks and own personal 
racing shells. 

"This event gives us a really 
good race, and it gives us [NSU 
crew] a really good name," NSU 
crew president and coxswain Bran- 
di Guilbeau said. "Not only that, 
but it does great things for the city 
and helps put NSU on the map." 

The event was sponsored by the 
City of Natchitoches, the Natchi- 
toches Rowing Club and the NSU 
crew team. Sodexo also provided 
drinks and gumbo for the partici- 
pants of the championship. 

"The good southern hospital- 
ity is always a good draw, especially 
from people up north like Wiscon- 
sin," Stelly said. 

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Monday, Nov. 24 
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Deadline for graduate students 
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for fall 2008 graduation 

Friday, Dec. 5 

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Wednesday, Dec. 10 

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Thursday, Dec. 18 

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Friday, Dec. 19 

Faculty member fills many roles 

Asya Mitchem 

Staff Reporter 

"Live like there is no tomor- 
row" is the attitude that NSU's as- 
sistant director of new student pro- 
grams Tara Hawthorne expresses 

Hawthorne, originally from Lo- 
raine. Ohio, graduated from Ohio 
State University in 2003 with a bach- 
elor's degree in criminology. After 
graduation, Hawthorne began work- 
ing for Miami University in Oxford, 
Ohio. She served as the assistant di- 
rector of Fraternity and Sorority Life 
for three years. 

Some may wonder how Haw- 
thorne stumbled upon a small town 
such as Natchitoches. 

Simply put, Hawthorne knew 
she wanted to attend a graduate 
program in the south, leading her 
to search for southern graduate 
schools that were best known for 
her area of study. 

"I never visited, I just packed 
up my car and came on down, call 
me crazy," Hawthorne said. 

Hawthorne's free spirit and 
willingness to take a chance on a 
place like NSU shows that some- 
times living life like there is no to- 
morrow brings the best rewards. 

Hawthorne not only a graduate 
student, but she also serves as a fac- 
ulty member at NSU. 

In 2007 she started working 
on her master of arts degree in 
Student Personnel Services. Haw- 
thorne currently holds a 4.0 GPA, 
which she hopes to maintain until 
she graduates in May 2009. 

Hawthorne also serves as an 
intern at NSU in the department 
of Greek life for her graduate pro- 
gram. As an intern, she works as an 
adviser for the National Pan-Hel- 

Photo by Asya Mitchem/The Current Sauce 

Tara Hawthorne interns with NSU's department of Greek life while working on her master of arts 
degree in Student Personnel Services. 

lenic Council (NPHC). 

NPHC serves as the governing 
body for the six black sororities and 
fraternities at NSU. 

As an intern, Hawthorne also 
co- advises the College Panhellenic 
Council (CPC) and the InterFrater- 
nal Council (IFC). 

CPC is the governing body for 
the four sororities at NSU, and IFC 
is for the six fraternities here at 
NSU as well. 

"Tara has been a role model to 
me and other Greeks on campus," 
Gracie Hubley, a member of Tri 
Sigma Sorority and CPC, said. 

Hawthorne became interested 
in Greek life because of the experi- 
ence she gained from being a part 

of the Theta chapter of Alpha Kap- 
pa Alpha (AKA). 

As an undergraduate mem- 
ber, she served as president for the 
Theta chapter of AKA while be- 
ing president and vice president of 

"AKA has brought me so 
much," Hawthorne said. "I wouldn't 
be where I am today if it wasn't 
for AKA. The best part of my job 
is the students whether it may be 
from Greek life to new student pro- 

Some students who are a part 
of the Greek community appreciate 
the vitality that comes with her. 

"Since Tara has been working 
in our office she has brought new 

life to our programs, and I'm sure 
she will continue to do so in the 
future," Vanner Erickson, a mem- 
ber of Theta Chi fraternity and IFC 

Jeremy Evans, a member of 
NPHC, said Hawthorne serves as 
an inspiration because of the help 
she has provided him since she be- 
came a part of NSU. 

"Tara makes me feel like Iron 
Man - like I can do anything under 
her guidance," said Evans, who is 
also a member of the Alpha Phi Al- 
pha fraternity. 

Hawthorne said her ultimate 
goal is to be Vice President of Stu- 
dent Affairs at a college or univer- 
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Opinions Editor 
November 12, 2008 


Half the Battle: By your votes combined 

call out their 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

Yes, the title 
of this column 
is an allusion to 
Captain Plan- 
et, who shouts 
"By your pow- 
ers combined!" 
whenever five kids 

Four of those elements, Earth, 
Wind, Fire, and Heart, also make 
up the worst idea for a rock concert 

Anyway, I reference Captain 
Planet because Barack Obama has 
the potential to save the world, 
and I discovered this after reading 
all the status updates on Facebook 
just moments after Obama was de- 
clared our next president. 

Almost everyone had the same 
reaction: "I'm getting the @$#% 
outta here!" Well, after thinking 
about it, I came to the conclusion 
that this was Barack Obama's eco- 
nomic plan all along. 

You see, if people start leav- 
ing the country, there will be a high 
supply of houses. Higher supply 
means lower prices. People can af- 
ford to pay their loans, which helps 
bring the loan companies out of 

There will be a higher supply 

of everything else, come to think of 

More food, clothing, and gas 
means, again, cheaper prices. Peo- 
ple will save money and be able 
to buy Hybrid vehicle, creating an 
even greater surplus of gas, and 
more gas means more oil. All this 
surplus oil means we can pull out 
of the Middle East and close down 
some oil refineries. 

With these oil refineries closed, 
and with the Hybrids everyone will 
be driving, we cut down on pollu- 
tion, which gets Al Gore out of the 
news. It also means less air pollu- 
tion so more sunlight can reach the 

This extra sunlight will give us 
more solar energy so we can build 
solar power plants, which will give 
jobs to those who lost jobs when 
the oil refineries closed down. 

Plus, the lack of pollution 
means plants and animals will 
grow bigger and reproduce more, 
and this increases the food surplus 

There will be so much extra 
food that we can end world hun- 

Because people in Third World 
countries will be fed, they will be 
less grouchy and stop warring with 
each other. 

With the ensuing peace, they 
grow and become First World 


These countries will approach 
the United Nations and tell us how 
peace helped them become ad- 
vanced, so the U.S., followed by the 
rest of the world, stops all wars and 
decommissions all nuclear weap- 

The uranium from these weap- 
ons will be transported to a far 
away island and put into a contain- 
ment facility, but a local reptile will 
somehow manage to get in and mu- 
tates to become a dinosaur. 

This dinosaur will spawn more 
dinosaurs, and the sudden increase 
in weight on the island will cause it 
to sink a little, which means water 
will flood the containment facil- 
ity and flush the uranium into the 
ocean. The uranium then will cause 
sea creatures to mutate and begin 
to walk on land. 

Well, suddenly, right-wing 
evangelical Christians will realize 
that evolution is real and overthrow 
Pat Robertson. Embracing science, 
they will become scientists who 
will make the world a better place 
using both morality and intellect. 

...You know, now that I think 
about it, I want you all to move out 
of the country, but move to Mexico. 
In Canada, youd catch a cold. 

In short, by your votes com- 
bined, America, Barack Obama 
will save the world. 

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Internet classes change 
student life as we know it 

Student drives home point about alcohol 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

The semes- 
ter rolls to an 
end, and books 
have taken a 
permanent resi- 
dence sprawled 
across the bed 
you so long- 
ingly wish you could inhabit. A 
small break is all you need to get 
the scholastic juices rolling again, 
a small reprieve of an evening dis- 
traction to help free your mind. 

A night out with the friends. 
One drink to make all your prob- 
lems float away. But who stops at 
one? Alcohol is wonderful in mod- 
eration, but students do not un- 
derstand this seemingly complex 

Alcohol is proven throughout 
history to prolong life. Even the 
Bible mentions alcohol's medical 
properties about 191 times, ac- 
cording to "The Benefits of Moder- 
ate Drinking: Alcohol, Health and 

Cardiovascular disease is the 
No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., 
and moderate drinking helps de- 
crease this risk by 40-60 percent, 
according to "Alcoholism: Clinical 
& Experimental Research." 

Men who drink moderately 
have a 21-28 percent lower risk of 

death from all causes compared to 
abstainers, according to a Harvard 

So why not just lower the 
drinking age and encourage colle- 
giate drinkers? 

Because college students don't 
know how to say no or know when 
to stop. 

About 1,700 students between 
the ages of 18 and 24 die each year 
from alcohol-related unintentional 
injuries, and 599,000 are uninten- 
tionally injured while under the 
influence, according to Mothers 
Against Drunk Driving (MADD). 

Drinking alters behavior, and 
alcohol can make a seemingly won- 
derful person do things they typi- 
cally wouldn't do. 

Students have endless con- 
versations regarding their "type of 
drunk." Sexual. Aggressive. Funny. 
Mean. Loud. 

But who is affected by their 
alcohol-induced behavior? 

Each year, 2.1 million students 
drive drunk, and more than 696,000 
students are assaulted by someone 
under the influence, according to 
the MADD. 

Alcoholic abuse doesn't just 
leave a black eye or a damaged 

There are more than 97,000 
victims of alcohol-related sexual 
assault or date rape. While under 
the influence, 400,000 students 

have unprotected sex, and more 
than 100,000 were too intoxicated 
to know if they even consented to 
sex, according to the MADD. 

When students forget how to 
say no to alcohol, they lose track 
of everything a collegiate career 
should entail. While a social life 
is important, students forget that 
they are at college to learn. 

About 25 percent of students 
relate their academic difficulties 
and missed classes to drinking. Ac- 
ademia and alcohol actually have 
an inverse relationship. Fifteen 
minutes of lost studying is a result 
of each additional drink, according 
to MADD. 

This does not mean students 
cannot drink with their friends at a 
party or the club; it means students 
need to learn to limit their con- 

Binge drinking is a hidden issue 
on campus. Many students partake 
in binge drinking and don't realize 
it. About 42 percent of all college 
students have actually reported 
that they binge drink, but in actual- 
ity, 70 percent of students on most 
campuses binge drink, according to 
"What are the Binge Drinking Sta- 
tistics" by Jeff Stevens. 

Binge drinking is when a man 
consumes more than five drinks 
in a sitting or when a woman con- 
sumes more than four drinks in a 
sitting. Most participants are under 

the age of 21 and are fraternity or 
sorority students, according to Ste- 

Binge drinking has resulted in 
the deaths of 1,400 college students, 
500,000 injuries, 600,000 assaults 
and about 40,000 cases of unpro- 
tected sex. Even more discourag- 
ing, 2.1 million college students 
drive drunk after binge drinking, 
according to Stevens. 

Students wonder why they can- 
not afford books or food or decent 
living. Most of their money is going 
to repair the effects of their night- 
life activities, with a large chunk 
going to support the cause of the 

Students spend collectively 
nearly $5.5 billion on alcohol a year, 
averaging to about $500 per student, 
according to Stevens. Many might 
find this number outrageous, but 
look at the drink prices at Maggio's 
or the pub or Yesterday's. About $6 
a mixed drink, two drinks a week, 
52 weeks a year. The total: $624. 

Everything is good in modera- 
tion. And while drinking might be 
a slightly expensive pastime, it's 
not bad. It is just constantly being 
abused by college students as a way 
to "let loose" or "have fun" or "for- 
Students are giving alcohol a 
bad name. Students need to learn 
how to say no and acknowledge the 
meaning of moderation. 

Letter to the Editor: Fraternity apologizes 

November 7, 2008 

On behalf of the active and 
alumni members of the Theta Mu 
chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 
the chapter offers its most sincere 
and humble apology for actions 
committed by our chapter during a 
fundraiser held in mid-October. 

Four members of our chapter, 
as part of their skit for our annual 
auction, dressed in Rapper attire, 
depicting comedians in an act 
called "Lil John Visits the Doctor." 

Without knowing of the offen- 
sive nature of their actions, these 
four members included "black 
face" as part of their attire. In retro- 
spect, we realize that their actions 
were insensitive and hurtful and for 
those actions, we again apologize. 

Since that time, our chapter 

was suspended pending an inves- 
tigation by our national fraternity. 
During this process, nearly every 
member of our chapter was inter- 
viewed about the intent and impact 
of their actions. 

It was never the intent of any 
of our membership to offend any- 
one in any way. We are proud of 
our positive relationships with all 
of our NPHC, IFC and PanHellenic 
chapters at Northwestern. Know- 
ing that we have offended our peers 
is a punishment in itself. 

We as a brotherhood have had 
ample time to realize the uninten- 
tional malice caused by this action. 
We are heartily sorry for whatever 
hurt we have caused. 

In the next several weeks, we 
as a chapter will participate in a 
chapter-wide membership review 

that will be conducted by officers 
and volunteers of the national fra- 

A membership review allows 
for extreme self-exploration, and it 
is our hope that we complete this 
process even more aware of the 
impact of bad decisions... decisions 
we make as undergraduates and 
decisions we make as young adults 
in society. 

We are confident that this pro- 
cess will shed necessary light on di- 
versity and how important respect 
for diversity is to society. 

Additionally, we will partici- 
pate in an indepth diversity sensi- 
tivity training that will be offered 
by our national fraternity. 

Though we are the ones who 
committed the infraction, we defi- 
nitely will invite our peer Greek 

chapters to participate in this train- 

Though we never intended to 
cause harm, we all realize that we 
all have a responsibility to be sensi- 
tive to thoughts and feelings of oth- 
ers, and an action like the one we 
sanctioned did nothing but cause 
hurt. That should not have hap- 

We offer again our most sin- 
cere apology. Our relationship with 
our communities is very important 
to us, and this unfortunate occur- 
rence only taught us the need for 
thought before action. 


The Brotherhood of Kappa Sigma 
Theta Mu Chapter 
Northwestern State University 

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Cody Bourque 

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What do student fees mean 
to you? 

Are they 
just a nuisance 
when you go to 
fee payment at 
the first of the 
semester and 
never think 

about them again, or do you take 
full advantage of the money you 
pay? Or, the question we are fac- 
ing today, do you even pay the 
fees that should be assessed on 
your account? 

Student self-assessed fees, 
which are the fees that go to stu- 
dent organizations like SGA, SAB 
and student media, fund the stu- 
dent life we know today. 

Without them we would 
have no Lady of the Bracelet, no 
Current Sauce and no Student 

Life at Northwestern State 
would be a far cry from what we 
would expect when you think 
of the college experience, but it 
is very possible in 10 years that 
we could see drastic changes in 
student life if we do not address 
some issues we face today. 

We are addressing problems 
with the way that fees are as- 
sessed currently because there 
are discrepancies regarding stu- 
dents who take classes online 
and on the Natchitoches campus, 
which could result in $34,000 for 

student organizations. 

You can look in the fee pay- 
ment booklet where it talks about 
the assignment of a primary cam- 
pus where you take a majority of 
your classes, but there is an issue 
with the assessment of the fees 
to students who take that hybrid 
of face-to-face classes and online 
classes that is possibly causing the 
lost revenue. 

In order to make sure that 
these fees should rightfully be as- 
sessed, we are researching all past 
student referendums that have 
created the fees to make sure all 
stipulations set forth by them are 
being followed. 

This is just a Band-Aid over 
a bigger problem we are facing, 
which is the loss of traditional 
students on campus funding these 
programs and organizations. 

I am not saying anything 
about fee increases at the mo- 
ment, but you can see the impact 
by just looking at our student 
government budget. 

We are lowering our execu- 
tive scholarships to a salary struc- 
ture to save more money that can 
be distributed to the student body 
for projects and/or programs that 
are not possible with our current 

Fees are always a touchy is- 
sue, but we need everyone at the 
table to discuss these problems 
as a student body so that we can 
solve the issues facing us finan- 
cially so there will be a brighter 
future for student life at NSU. 

Letter to the Editor: 

Student's outrage at neglect 

Dear Current Sauce, 

This entire semester I have 
read the sports section of the paper 
hoping to see something about the 
Cross Country team (a university 
sports team), but to this date there 
has been nothing. 

Last week the men and women 
competed in their conference meet 
and didn't even get a mention. 

This is Conference we're talk- 
ing about here, the thing they have 
been training for since the before 
school began. 

A couple of weeks before Con- 
ference the men's team took first 
place at a meet and still the sports 
section had nothing. 

So I asked one of the editors, 
Andy Bullard, why they had ne- 
glected the team their ENTIRE 
season he said "because nobody 

I was shocked. Nobody cares? 
Really? I care. I'm sure the men and 
women who go out there and run 

those freakish amounts of miles 

I'm sure their coaches care. I 
think the athletic administration 
would care. So to me, it looks like 
SOMEBODY cares. 

You know what no one cared 
about, that article he wrote a few 
weeks ago about the questions he 
heard at a football game. That was a 
waste of ink and paper space. 

As a journalist and a part of 
student media, I honestly was of- 
fended by his comment; journalists 
are supposed to be the voice of the 

It sickens me to know that he 
knowingly discriminated against 
the team. 

So Andy, I look forward to 
the apology you offered to me and 
the team and I hope in the future 
you will do your job and report on 

Trecey Rew 
NSU student 


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Features Reporter 

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Staff Reporter 

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Opinions Editor 

Tiffany Thomas 
Freshman Scholar 

Fletcher Jonson 
Sports Co-Editor 

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Student Media Adviser 

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Layout Editor 

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Web Editor 

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Sports Co-Editor 

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Staff Reporter 

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November 12, 2008 

Records made to be broken 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Senior kicker Robert Weeks (1) holds the records for career field 
goals made, career points for kickers and points in a career. 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Senior kicker Robert Weeks 
rewrote the NSU record book Sat- 
urday as he booted two field goals. 

Weeks' first field goal gave 
him the record for career field 
goals, while the second one broke 
NSU's career scoring record previ- 
ously held by former running back 
Derrick Johnese, who played from 

Weeks also broke the kicker 
scoring record earlier in the year. 

Weeks started playing football 
when he was only a sophomore in 
high school. Weeks said he never 
planned on becoming a kicker. 

Ironically, he could do that for 
a living at the professional level. 

"I would love to play football 
in the future," Weeks said. "I'm re- 
ally not sure if anything will open 
up for me professionally. Kickers 
are usually pretty hit and miss. It's 
all about timing and opportunity. I 
plan on attending some NFL devel- 
opment camps after the season." 

Weeks originally wanted to 
play soccer, which is why he has 
such a knack for kicking. 

His football career started 
when his high school football coach 
asked him to kick at the first prac- 

After that first kick, Pineville 
High School found itself a new 
place kicker. 

"I'm not quite sure what would 
have happened if I wouldn't have 
made that kick," Weeks said. 

He made the kick and now 
holds three records at Northwest- 
ern State. 

Weeks said he chose the De- 
mon football program because of 
the opportunities that were ahead 
of him. 

He said NSU had been after 
him since his junior year in high 
school and offered him a full schol- 

NSU was one of two schools to 
offer him full scholarships to play 

He also said the school's prox- 
imity to Pineville, La., played a big 
role in his decision to become a De- 

"The location was perfect be- 
cause it is only an hour from where 
I'm from," Weeks said. "So my fam- 
ily has always been able to watch 

me play, and they are a huge part of 
my life." 

Weeks said his coaching staff, 
offensive line, deep snapper and 
holder have also contributed to his 

He said their support has made 
his job as place kicker much easier. 

"I have been very lucky in hav- 
ing a very reliable holder in Phil 
Leblanc and snapper in Bradley 
Russo," Weeks said. "My offensive 
line has done a remarkable job not 
only this year, but over the past 
three years as well. I have also al- 
ways felt that the coaching staff has 
believed in me every time that I 
step on the field." 

His confidence and determi- 
nation allowed him to split the up- 
rights with a career-long field goal 
of 48 yards earlier this season. 

His junior season, Weeks hit 
the only game-winning field goal of 
his career with a 35-yarder against 
the University of Central Arkansas. 

He said that was the highlight 
of his football career. 

"It was something that I had 
never experienced before," Weeks 
said. "That was the first time that I 
had ever had an opportunity to win 

a game. I've never felt anything like 
it since then." 

Weeks plans to graduate in the 
fall of 2009 with a journalism de- 
gree and a concentration in public 

"I really want to intern some- 
where next summer," Weeks said. 
"So after that I won't have much 
school left. Plus it will give me a 
chance to see everyone play that 
was in my recruiting class." 

Weeks added that he wants to 
work in the sports side of public re- 
lations, collegiately or profession- 

m \ 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 

Robert Weeks 

Lady Demons tame Tigers 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU Lady Demon bas- 
ketball team tipped things off Nov. 
5 with a 67-56 win over Ouachita 
Baptist University in an exhibi- 
tion game held in the Natchitoches 
Central High School gym. 

Leading the way for the ladies 
in purple and white was true fresh- 
man point guard Demetria White. 

White finished the game with 
13 points and six assists, both game 
highs. Newcomer Britany Kinlaw 
was the only other Lady Demon in 
double figures, scoring 11 off the 

The freshman forward was only 
3-9 from the floor, but hit 5 of 6 free 
throws. The Lady Demons shot 78 
percent from the charity stripe as a 

Despite shooting nearly 80 
percent from the free throw line, 
the Lady Demons managed only a 
32 percent field goal percentage. 

"We were worked up," head 
coach Jennifer Graf said. "I've nev- 
er seen a group so nervous. We've 
scrimmaged against each other. 
We've done a lot of different things 
to simulate a game and I under- 
stand that it's the first time some 
of these kids have stepped out in 
front of a crowd, so they were kind 
of worked up." 

The Lady Demons calmed 

down in the second half and opened 
up a 13-point lead at one point, the 
largest of the game. 

After scoring only 25 points in 
the first half, NSU's defense led to 
an offensive attack that put up 42 in 
the second half. 

"We were able to do some 
things defensively that we've been 
working on since day one," Graf 
said. "We were able to rotate some. 
We've got to be able to rotate soon- 

The Lady Demons held OBU 
to only 31 percent shooting for the 

Although NSU had only eight 
fast break points, the defense 
turned into an offensive game in- 
side the paint. 

The Lady Demons scored 34 of 
their 67 points inside the lane. 

A'Laeshia Adams led OBU 
with 10 points, the only Lady Tiger 
in double-digit scoring. 

The Lady Demons begin regu- 
lar season play Friday when they 
visit San Diego, Calif, to battle San 
Diego State at 9 p.m. 

NSU's first home game is Nov. 
18 when Southern University visits 
Prather Coliseum in a doublehead- 
er beginning at 5:45 p.m. 

The men's team hosts East Tex- 
as Baptist University following the 
women's game, allowing students 
to earn double Demon Rewards' 

Women's Basketball Schedule 

Nov. 14 

San Diego State 

9 p.m. 

Nov. 18 


5:45 p.m. 

Nov. 23 

Miss. State 

2 p.m. 

Nov. 29 

Southern Ark. 

2 p.m. 

Dec. 1 


5:45 p.m. 

Bold - denotes home game 

Season ends on sour note 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Markie Robichau (2) and Megan Manning (3) go up for a block 
during a straight set loss to Stephen F. Austin. 

Volleyball team stumbles late in season 

pay attention to details, and it got 
away from us because of that. 

The last time the Lady Demons 
and Cowgirls met NSU had the up- 
per hand with a three set to two 
victory on Sept. 25. 

However, this go-round for 
the Lady Demons did not yield the 
same outcome, losing to McNeese 
State three sets to none. 

For the second straight match, 
Enwere led the Lady Demons in 
kills with 11. Robichau was the only 
Lady Demon to score double-digit 
digs with 11, while Manning led in 
assists with 32. 

The NSU Lady Demon volley- 
ball team is holding onto the last 
spot to enter into the Southland 
Conference Tournament by two 
games over Southeastern Louisiana 

NSU still has two more games 
left on the docket before the tour- 
nament begins on Nov. 21. 

Before the tournament the 
Lady Demons still have to get 
through Lamar University and Sam 
Houston State. 

The Lady Demons record is 
now at 10-14 overall and 5-9 in SLC 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU volleyball team 
seemed to have things heading in 
the right direction after winning 
its last three home games, but a 
senior-led Stephen F. Austin State 
University team and a McNeese 
State team ended the three match- 
winning streak. 

The Lady Demons lost in 
straight sets to the Southland Con- 
ference East Division leader Ste- 
phen F Austin State Thursday. 

Yelena Enwere led the team in 
kills with 11, and Markie Robichau 
was a close second with eight. 

Megan Manning and Zanny 
Castillo both had double-digit digs, 
with 12 and 10 respectively. Megan 
Dockery led the way in assists with 

The team managed only a .000 
hitting percentage compared to the 
.354 put up by the Lady Jacks. 

"SFA looked like a veteran, 
well-coached team playing on Se- 
nior Night should," Lady Demon 
coach Brittany Uffelman told NSU's 
Sports Information Department. 
"We did not play well. We did not 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU soccer team found 
itself in an all-too-familiar spot on 
its way home from the Southland 
Conference Tournament in Lake 
Charles: riding home after a 1-0 
loss to the University of Texas San- 
Antonio in the first round. 

This loss marks the fifth one of 
the season and the third straight for 
the Lady Demons by a score of 1-0. 
Each of the losses came to SLC op- 

"We've been in so many of 
these close games this season," 
head coach Jimmy Mitchell told the 
Sports Information Department of 
NSU. "And it just seems like we 
could never catch a break." 

The Lady Demons managed 
only four shots on goal, while the 
Lady Roadrunners had nine. 

The lone goal for UTSA came 
in the 71st minute when Erin Mac- 
kay found the back of the net off a 
corner kick that was deflected off 
an NSU defender. 

Backup goalkeeper Amanda 
Vines had eight saves in relief for 
the injured Lindy Strahan. Strahan 
was selected to the First Team All- 

"I knew Amanda would come 
through," Mitchell told Sports In- 
formation. "I had no doubts that 
she would be able to make the 
saves. I had a feeling that she would 
rise to the occasion, and I think she 

The Lady Demons had their 
chances to score. Late in the first 
half, Maddy Hall had a shot on 
goal that bounced off the right goal 

Early in the second half senior 
forward Kayce Shultz had a shot on 
goal that looked as if it were going 
in only to be stopped at the last sec- 
ond by UTSA goalkeeper Nicoline 

The last scoring opportunity 
for the Lady Demons came only 
minutes after Shultz 's, when Missy 
Oakley hooked a pass from Kayla 
King to miss the net by a matter of 

"We had our opportunities," 
Mitchell said to SID. "We had the 
shot hit off the post in the first half, 
then had the shot by Kayce in the 
second half that we thought for 
sure it was going to be a goal." 

With the season over, the Lady 
Demons look to regroup for next 
season, as they have holes to fill due 
to losing six key players. 

Men's Basketball Schedule 

Nov. 15 
Nov. 18 

Nov. 21-29 









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Bold - denotes home game 

Bears break down Demons in first place battle 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The University of Central Ar- 
kansas Bears burst the Northwest- 
ern State Demons' bubble of sitting 
alone atop the Southland Confer- 
ence standings after a blistering 
42-6 defeat in Conway, Ark. 

Central Arkansas (8-2) entered 
the game ranked 16th in the coun- 
try, according to a poll by sports- 

The Demons (6-4) were not far 
behind, ranked 28th in the same 

NSU struck the scoreboard 
first on a 41-yard field goal by se- 
nior kicker Robert Weeks midway 
through the first quarter. 

Weeks' field goal broke NSU's 
record of career field goals made. 

Weeks added the final points 
for the Demons in the second quar- 

ter on a 45-yard field goal. 

With his second field goal, 
Weeks passed former running Der- 
rick Johnese (2002-2004) for NSU's 
career scoring record. 

The rest of the Demon offense, 
however, never found its rhythm. 

Senior running back Byron 
Lawrence's streak of nine straight 
Southland Conference 100-yard 
rushing games ended. Lawrence 
finished with 56 yards on 19 car- 
ries, bringing his season total to 

Quarterbacks Drew Branch 
and John Hundley combined for 
20-39 for 199 yards. Branch threw 
two interceptions. 

"When you don't do what 
you're coached to do, it's hard to 
win a football game," head coach 
Scott Stoker said. "We weren't 
ready, obviously, for the magnitude 
of this football game." 

The Purple Swarm defense sur- 
rendered 495 yards, allowing three 
first-half touchdown passes by 
UCA quarterback Nathan Brown. 

The Bears scored 14 points 
in each of the first three quarters, 
cruising to a one-game lead in the 
SLC standings. 

"You're playing in their back- 
yard," Stoker said. "Everything is 
comfortable to them. You've got 
their fans here. It's a struggle. You 
really have to concentrate and ex- 

The Demons' special teams 
continued to struggle, allowing 
more than 40 yards per kickoff re- 
turn, giving the Bears' explosive of- 
fense great field position. 

The Demons return home Sat- 
urday for Senior Day to face one 
of its biggest rivals, the McNeese 
State Cowboys. 

It will be the second straight 

weekend the Demons play a ranked 

Both teams enter the game 3-2 
in conference, tied for second along 
with Texas State. 

McNeese comes into Turpin 
Stadium with a 6-3 record, look- 
ing for its third straight conference 

"Well it's obviously a huge 
football game," Stoker said. "With 
a lot still on the line, their backs 
are against the wall. Our backs are 
against the wall. We are going to 
have to play a lot better than we've 

A conference championship is 
still in the picture for the Demons. 

If NSU wins its final two games, 
and UCA loses its final two games, 
Northwestern State will have its 
first conference title since 2004. 

NSU hosts the Cowboys Sat- 
urday in the home finale at 6 p.m. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Senior running back Byron Lawrence (22) pounds the ball be- 
hind his offensive line in the Demons' 42-6 loss against UCA. 



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SGA President Cody Bourque signs a newly passed bill that will decrease the amount of scholarship money given to the orga- 
nization's executive board. Bourque said he hopes the new scholarship system will take effect next semester. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation approved a bill Monday 
to reduce the future scholarship 
amount given to the organization's 
executive board - the president, 
vice president and treasurer - by 
about $3,000. 

Currently, SGA President Cody 
Bourque said the scholarship he re- 
ceives waives him of paying tuition, 
room and board, student fees and a 
$900 meal plan. 

The total scholarship he re- 
ceived this semester equals about 
$4,500, Bourque said. 

Bourque said in the present 
system, vice president Mark Dan- 
iels earns two-thirds of Bourque's 
scholarship, and treasurer Lauren 
Michel earns one-half. 

By as soon as the spring semes- 
ter, however, the members of the 
executive board will only receive a 
set salary, Michel said. 

The new policy will entail that 
$3,000 be given to the president, 
$2,000 to the vice president and 
$1,000 to the treasurer. 

Bourque explained that the 
executive board decided to reduce 
the scholarships. He said by giving 
less money to the executive board, 
the organization will be able to plan 
for a more secure budget in the 
future and will be able to use the 
extra money toward needed office 
supplies, free prizes for students 
and projects. 

"That's a huge chunk of our 
money that can be used in so many 
places," Bourque said. Although he 
said he does not think it is feasible 
for all organizations on campus, 
Bourque said the new payment sys- 
tem is right for the SGA. 

"I'm not saying all organiza- 
tions should go to a salary basis, 
but that is what works best for us 
now," Bourque said. 

SGA adviser Yonna Pasch said, 
however, she is not completely sold 

on the new system. 

Although the present execu- 
tive board is content with giving up 
their earned money to the student 
body, Pasch asked whether future 
members of the board would agree 
with the decision. 

"1 applaud their efforts, how- 
ever, these are leadership positions 
that are worked for, and students 
in those positions deserve the ben- 
efits," Pasch said. 

Pasch said she wishes the ex- 
ecutive board would have looked 
for other ways to help students. 

"There are other ways to give 
back to the students other than 
money," Pasch said. 

Pasch said she believed instead 
of taking such a big step, the SGA 
could have better budgeted what 
the organization already has in or- 
der to prevent money from being 
taken from the executive board. 

Pasch explained that one pos- 
sible solution could have come 
from the Student Self Assessed Fee 

Oversight Committee. 

The committee is looking to 
obtain more funding through stu- 
dent fees from what are now con- 
sidered Internet students, which 
would be almost equal to what the 
SGA would be receiving from the 
reduced scholarships, Pasch said. 

She said the SGA could have 
possibly used the funding from the 
additional student fees, instead of 
giving a decreased salary to the ex- 
ecutive board. 

"It's good the execs are humble, 
but the big picture should also be 
looked at," Pasch said. "But what's 
done is done." 

Bourque said he understands 
where Pasch is coming from, but 
added that if in the future senators 
or executive members decide that 
the salary system is not working ef- 
fectively for the organization, then 
it can still be changed. 

Despite a lengthy discussion 
over the bill in their Monday meet- 
ing, almost all the SGA senators 

supported the executive members' 
proposal with only one vote against 
the bill and three abstentions, ac- 
cording to the report provided by 
SGA secretary Cassie Cannon. 

"I never thought it would be 
this hard to give away money," vice 
president Daniels said in reference 
to the back-and-forth discussion. 

SGA senator Patrick Brooks 
said the decision was simple for 

Although he was open to the 
other senators' opinions, Brooks 
said he essentially knew before the 
discussion began that he supported 
the bill. * 

"I feel like the SGA is in need 
of the money, point blank," Brooks 

Brooks added that if he ever 
decides to try to become an ex- 
ecutive member in the future, he 
will still feel comfortable with the 
amount of money he will be given. 

"My needs will still be met with 
what execs will be given," Brooks 

When asked, some students 
had varying opinions concerning 
the SGA's recent decision. 

Elisha Ibanga, a sophomore 
political science major, said the 
SGA made an admirable decision, 
but said he can also see why some 
would be upset that they are losing 

"I understand why you wouldn't 
want to give away any free money; 
however, if you have an excess... 
it's the right thing to do to use it to 
help improve things," Ibanga said. 

Louis Weldon III, a sophomore 
business administration major, said 
he slightly disagrees with Ibanga. 

"I believe they should've looked 
into other ways to get money, but 
ultimately if the senators want to 
give away their money, then it is 
their choice," Weldon said. 

Bourque explained there are 
two factors that could prevent the 
new bill from taking effect next se- 

First, if a senator interprets 
that the bill is a change to the SGA's 
constitution, the change would 
then need to be approved by the 
student body. 

Because the bill concerns fiscal 
affairs, the second road block could 
come from the NSU Supreme Court 
because those types of changes can 
only take effect a year later. 

Front Street renovations completed just in time 

Business owners experience effects of recently opened roadway 

Spencer Pearson 

Sauce Reporter 

As the renovations came to an 
end on Front Street, businesses are 
optimistic about the updated road. 

The new look includes reno- 
vated benches, new sidewalks, im- 
provements on drainage and infra- 
structure underneath the road and 
a less bumpy Front Street. 

The biggest downside of the 
construction was the drop in sales 
of many of the businesses on Front 
Street, which was mainly attributed 
to a decrease in traffic and a lack of 
parking spaces during the renova- 

Sales dropped for Phyllis 
Stroud, owner of a local toy store, 
as soon as construction started. Al- 
though the drop in sales was appar- 
ent, she still thought the work was 
a good idea. 

"I felt like it was a good thing 
overall, and that the roads needed 
to be redone. ..It's a historic com- 
munity, and we need to keep it well 
preserved," Stroud said. 

Kaffie-Frederick Hardware 
owner Luke Frederick also saw a 
drop in business during the con- 
struction, even with an extra park- 
ing lot to encourage customers to 


"With all of the construction, 
not only with the street but next 
door to us as well, it became a has- 
sle for people to come downtown. 
Our regular customer base, being 
local folks, kind of kept away from 
the area because it was a hassle," 
Frederick said. 

While many business owners 
noticed declining sales due to the 
construction in front of their stores, 
they said they understood the situ- 
ation and saw the change simply as 
a part of business. 

For Stroud, business is picking 
up, and sales are higher compared 
to last year at the same time, she 

Other business owners didn't 
even notice any effects from the 
construction and said they were 
happy about the improvements, 
and Louisiana Purchase owner Bri- 
an Hicks was one of these people. 

"The street's better for it," 
Hicks said. "It looks better, better 
sidewalks, better seating arrange- 
ments... The cars ride better, it's all 

Brenda Self, owner of Brenda's 
Clothing Store, like many of the 
owners, thinks that tourists will 
also appreciate the work. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

An employee at Kaffie-Frederick Hardware rings up a piece of merchandise for a customer. 
The hardware store is located on Front Street, and the store has seen an increase in business 
since the opening of the tourist attraction. 

"I think someone coming to 
town for the first time would be 
impressed with how Front Street 
looks, whether or not they know 
about the renovations," Self said. 

Even with the hassle, many 
business owners were content with 

how they were treated during the 
construction. Frederick was par- 
ticularly impressed. 

"The City was also very helpful 
in allowing us to place temporary 
signage in the historic district," he 
said. "I think everybody was very 

accommodating and did everything 
they could to make sure the impact 
was as minimal as possible." 

As the construction to the road 
comes to an end, all of the store 
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David Royal 

News Editor 

In their records that are re- 
leased annually to the public, the 
NSU University Police reported a 
drastic decline in the university's 
crime rate in 2007. 

According to the report pub- 
lished in NSU's 2008-2009 Student 
Handbook, the number of total 
thefts, burglaries, batteries and 
drug offenses in 2007 was the low- 
est it had been since 2003 - the last 
year provided in the handbook. 

Additionally, there were no 
charges for homicides, robberies, 
suicides, arson or vehicle theft. 

University Police Chief Rickie 
Williams said hf is proud of the 
work his officers are doing, and he 
is not surprised by the positive re- 

From 2006 to 2007, the report 
showed the number of both thefts 
and burglaries had dropped by 19, 
batteries by four and drug offenses 
by 12. 

The only increase in crime rate 
in 2007 was in vandalism and rape 
charges, with each increasing by 

There were 20 reported van- 
dalism charges and two reported 
rape charges. 

Williams said he and his staff 
have made multiple changes over 
the years to help bring the campus's 
crime rate down, and he said he be- 
lieves they have been successful. 

Williams said he credits the 
drop in crime to the large number 

of officers on duty at all times. 

He said that three years ago 
there was only a total of three of- 
ficers on duty at one time, and be- 
cause they had student dispatchers 
that were unreliable, one of the of- 
ficers had to be assigned to answer 
phones rather than patrol the cam- 

Because of funding provided 

by the university, Williams said the 
department now has five officers 
and properly trained government 
employees who fill the dispatcher 

Now that the department is 
adequately staffed, the officers are 
able to do their jobs effectively, 
Williams said. 

Williams said another contrib- 

utor to the improved crime rate is 
the addition of department's golf 
carts, segways and bicycles. 

"We can really hide and sneak 
around with these, which helps us 
catch people if they're trying to 
break into a car or something like 
that," Williams said. 

Most importantly, however, 
Williams said the new modes of 

transportation allow the creation 
of "community police." 

Williams explained the con- 
cept of community police by saying 
that before the time of Henry Ford 
and the motorized vehicle, police 
simply walked the same beat in his 

This allowed the officer to tru- 
ly familiarize himself with the area 
and the people of the community 
and the people to do the same with 
the officer. 

Williams said Henry Ford and 
automotives messed this up, how- 
ever. For the most part, police do 
not have much face time with the 
members of the community unless 
they are being given a ticket or be- 
ing arrested, and trust is no longer 
built between the officers and the 
community, he said. 

The officers are now making a 
stronger effort to "increase visibil- 
ity," Det. Doug Prescott of the NSU 
police said. 

With the bicycles and other 
new transportation, the officers are 
finding out and addressing student 
needs, which in turn makes things 
easier for both the police and stu- 
dents, Prescott said. 

"We appreciate the assistance 
we're getting from the students and 
hope it will continue in the future," 
Prescott said. 

Both Williams and Prescott 
agreed that they expect the crime 
rate for 2008 to also show a contin- 
ued improvement. 

Prescott said the 2008 records 
should be published by May 2009. 

University green initiative picks up speed 

NSU's plan to be eco-friepdiy progresses in different departments 

Chris Watts 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Green Advisory 
Board met for the first time Tues- 
day to discuss ways the university 
can further its green initiative. 

The Advisory Board consists 
of 18 administrators, faculty and 
students and will meet regularly 
each semester to discuss ways 
NSU could perform in a more eco- 
friendly manner, service learning 
coordinator Steve Gruesbeck said. 

"The committee is interested in 
exploring ways NSU could behave 
in a more green way," Gruesbeck 

Many elements of the green 
initiative have been put on hold 
due to pending requests for pro- 
posals for an energy conservation 
contract, Gruesbeck said. 

The contract would allow ven- 
dors from the private sector who 
deal in eco-friendly products to 
visit camprus and make recommen- 
dations regarding energy conserva- 
tion at NSU. 

The businesses would work 
with students to reach conclusions 
that would best fit the school. 

"As far as NSU's concerned, 
we've done everything on our side," 
Gruesbeck said. "The requests are 
in Baton Rouge right now being 
reviewed by attorneys before being 
shared with the private industry." 

Gruesbeck predicts the pro- 
posals to be released and private 
industries to take action as early as 
fall 2009. 

The vendors will be paid over 
time with the money they have 
saved the university through eco- 
friendly recommendations. 

In the meantime, faculty and 
students have been working hand- 
in-hand to push the green initia- 

Students taking Communica- 
tion 3120 Group Dynamics have 
been spending the semester re- 
searching ways to get the school to 
go green. 

The class's professor, John Fos- 
ter, uses the class to give students 
meaningful projects that will have a 

lasting impression on the campus, 
as well as on their resumes. 

"I like to present the students 
with a project and let them think 
about it and develop it into their 
own," Foster said. 

In the past, Foster's students 
have worked with Habitat for Hu- 
manity and upgraded restrooms to 
be more accessible by those with 
physical disabilities. 

"We've spent the semester con- 
tacting different companies such as 
Johnson & Johnson, GM and Telia, 
and asking for donations or any 
other ways they can help," senior 
hospitality, management and tour- 
ism major Lindsey Fredieu said. 

Telia is a Houston-based com- 
pany that produces energy-con- 
serving windows. 

Fredieu and her project group 
have also been coordinating a car- 
nival for fall 2009. The carnival 
would be downtown on Cane River 
and feature live music, rides and 
information booths with represen- 
tatives from manufacturers such as 
Johnson & Johnson. 

"We want to have the carnival, 
so we can let NSU and the commu- 
nity know we're trying to go green 
in a fun way," Fredieu said. 

Foster's students will present 
NSU President Randall J. Webb 
with their ideas on Dec. 2. 

"It's important students find 
ways like this to effectively com- 
municate with the administration," 
Gruesbeck said. 

The Student Activities Board 
has driven several of its own ini- 
tiatives, including Service Day on 
Oct. 22. Service day consisted of 
a canned food drive, several fund- 
raisers and a recycling dropoff in 
the Friedman Student Union ball- 

The canned food drive raised 
more than 3,000 cans, which the 
SAB donated to local organiza- 
tions, according to Service Day co- 
ordinator and SAB service learning 
committee head Robin Williams, 
asenior liberal arts major. 

"I was most impressed with the 
results from the recycling dropoff," 
Williams said. 

Williams also said she was im- 
pressed with how many on-campus 
offices are saving up paper to re- 
cycle, which just goes to show how 
much the green initiative is impact- 
ing the university. 

NSU also helped Natchitoches 
raise more than 350 lbs of alumi- 
num cans in October's Keep Amer- 
ica Beautiful Contest. 

Gruesbeck calls NSU's contri- 
bution a "great sign." 

"The city will be adopting its 
own recycling program, and NSU 
will play a major part in that," 
Gruesbeck said. 

Gruesbeck encourages NSU 
classes and organizations to adopt 
service-learning projects to raise 
awareness about the recycling pro- 

"Disseminating information 
and awareness campaigns are keys 
to a successful recycling program, 
and that's where service learning 
comes into play," Gruesbeck said. 

"It really takes everyone work- 
ing together," he said. "We have to 
market it aggressively." 

The Argus, NSU's award-win- 
ning art and literary maga- 
zine, is currently 
accepting submissions tor 
this year's issue. The Argus will 
consider poetry, fiction and 
photography submissions for 
The deadline is Nov. 21. 

For more information, 
contact the staff at 
or search for the 

NSULA Argus 
Facebook group. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

A 6-inch waterline located behind Boozman Hall began leaking sometime early Monday 
morning, Bill Rutledge of Rutledge Plumbing said. Rutledge said his crew began work- 
ing on the site around 7 a.m. He said the water cannot be shut off, so Rutledge Plumb- 
ing must work with a constant stream of water pulsing until the problem is fixed. Rut- 
ledge predicted the pipe was probably placed sometime in the 1950s. 

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Editor in Chief 

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Rodeo Club suffers from lack of funds 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

Codie Poe wakes up every 
morning at 6 a.m. to feed and give 
water to his six horses and 15 prac- 
tice calves. 

He travels about 15 minutes 
from Provencal to NSU, where he 
takes 18 hours toward an account- 
ing degree. After his classes, which 
go from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Poe makes 
it back home to first study or do 
homework. Then he saddles about 
four or five horses to practice his 
specialty - calf roping - in the out- 
door practice arena outside of his 
parents' house for about two or 
three hours. 

Poe's weekday routine ends 

when he gives food and water to his 
horses and practice calves again for 
the night. He spends his weekends 
competing at collegiate and ama- 
teur rodeos - a different weekend, 
a different rodeo. 

"It's all you think about, and it's 
all you want to do, and it's all you're 
concerned with," Poe, a freshman, 
said when describing his mindset 
toward rodeoing. 

Poe was last year's Louisiana 
Rodeo Cowboy Association's Rook- 
ie of the Year, placed second as his 
year-end standing for LRCA and 
placed in the top four calf-ropers at 
the High School National Finals in 
New Mexico. 

He also made about $25,000 in 
winnings last year and anticipates 

making closer to $30,000 this year 
- not your average after-school job 

Now in the collegiate circuit, 
Poe competes as a member of the 
NSU Rodeo Club, which has been 
a student organization for about 20 
years. Poe is one of two members 
who eat, sleep and breathe rodeo. 

Daniel Brister, a senior in- 
dustrial engineering major, steer 
wrestles, but he is taking more of a 
backseat to Poe in the club because 
he wants to focus more on school. 
Even without steadily participat- 
ing in rodeos this year, he's just as 
passionate about it as when he was 
hardcore into rodeoing for NSU 
when he was a freshman. 

"There's rodeo and school, and 

Courtesy Photo 

Codie Poe, a freshman accounting major at NSU, ropes a calf at a rodeo competition. 

that's it," Brister said. "I mean, that's 
what we live for." 

Poe competed in all five of 
the National Intercollegiate Rodeo 
Association competitions this se- 
mester representing NSU. He took 
second place at the McNeese State 
rodeo two weeks ago and finished 
10th at the first rodeo of the semes- 
ter at Northeast Texas Community 
College. Poe also competes in two 
amateur circuits - LRCA and the 
United Professional Rodeo Asso- 
ciation - and qualified for finals 
that are to be held this weekend in 
Texas and in Louisiana. He plans to 
rope for both competitions. 

Brister, on the other hand, 
competes only in amateur leagues 
since the Rodeo Club lost its fund- 
ing from NSU in 2005. 

"That's probably another main 
reason that I'm not rodeoing for 
Northwestern. Good thing about 
Codie is they have the money to do 
that. You see, we don't. I can't af- 
ford to go," Brister said. 

Poe and Brister described 
rodeo expenses as entry fees per 
competition, diesel, renting stalls 
for their horses and paying for 
trailer hook-ups. When the Rodeo 
Club had its own specific student 
fee - $1 from full-time students - 
members would present the busi- 
ness office with receipts and were 

Now that the Rodeo Club 
falls under the overall fee of "club 
sports," it shares the account with 
all other club sports at NSU. The 
club can still present the business 
office with receipts from an event, 
but the office may or may not agree 
to reimburse the members for all of 
the expenses. 

Alan Sypert, an NSU alumnus 
and former SGA president, was 
over club sports while serving in 
SGA during the time the Rodeo 
Club's fee was cut. He said the Stu- 
dent Self-Assessed Fee Oversight 
Committee observed the Rodeo 
Club for a year, and the club was 
not very active in that time. 

Sypert said the committee ra- 
tionalized that since there were 
dozens of other club sports that 
did not have their own specific fee 

- and the only other specified fee 
was going to the crew team that 
was very active and well-organized 

- the Rodeo Club was not active 
enough to carry the fee. The money 
that was left in the Rodeo Club ac- 
count after it was terminated was 
then transferred to the club sports 
account, as ordered by the Louisi- 
ana Board of Regents. 

Jack Pace, associate professor 
of biological science and faculty ad- 
viser for the Rodeo Club, said they 
did have a pretty drastic drop in 
members around the time the ag- 
riculture program was dropped as 
a department at NSU because most 
of its members at the time were ag- 
riculture majors. 

Pace said he gets calls all the 
time from high school students and 
their parents interested in NSU's 
rodeo team. He has turned down at 
least seven people interested in the 
club this semester alone. He said he 
breaks the news to them about the 
uncertainty of funding and under- 
stands if they go to McNeese, the 
only other school in Louisiana with 
a rodeo team. 

College rodeo is a large and 
highly competitive sport, although 
Pace said some people might have 

the wrong idea about it. The par- 
ticipants are regular students with 
normal degrees and couldn't be 
picked out of the crowd in any way, 
Pace said. They just went with a 
very strenuous extracurricular ac- 

"This is not your tobacco- 
chewing, broad-hat wearing stereo- 
typical rodeo we're talking about," 
Pace said. "The participants are 
students, and there are rules they 
have to follow." 

Registered members of the 
NIRA must have a 2.0 GPA and be 
in good standing with the univer- 
sity while taking at least 12 hours. 
Students have six years after their 
high school graduation to become 
members of the NIRA to compete 
in saddle bronc, bareback, bull rid- 
ing, calf roping, steer wresding, 
team roping, barrel racing, break- 
away roping and goat tying. 

NSU competes in the southern 
circuit, which also includes Mc- 
Neese, Panola Junior College, Sam 
Houston State University, Steven F. 
Austin State University and Texas 
A&M University. 

Poe will continue to compete in 
the collegiate circuit next semester, 
but Brister is not sure when he'll 
start competing in the amateur ro- 
deos again because school is his top 

Both Poe and Brister take the 
time and energy to compete in col- 
legiate and amateur rodeos as step- 
ping stones toward becoming pro- 
fessional rodeo cowboys. 

"It's just a dream we have, and 
one day it will become a reality," 
Brister said. 

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Students consider safety on Thanksgiving break 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

Friday is the day NSU students 
have been waiting for since the end 
of fall break. 

It begins a week of fun, relax 
ation and the opportunity to take i 
short vacation from school befoi 
finals. It's a week of sleeping in un 
til noon without being counted ab- 
sent from class, eating turkey with 
all the trimmings, spending time 
with family and friends, watching 
football games and getting to stores 
for the best holiday prices before 
everyone else on Black Friday. 

But before students pack their 

vehicles and salute the campus 
farewell for a week, they may take 
a few safety precautions to ensure 
a pleasant return. 
provides a safety checklist of tech- 
niques students can use. The first 
tip on the list could make a big dif- 
ference if forgotten - lock all doors 
and windows before leaving any 

The site also suggests closing 
the blinds and curtains to ensure 
that no one can see inside. Another 
tip is to remove all valuable items 
- such as jewelry, computer, stereo 
systems and televisions - from the 

The National Campus Safety 

Awareness Web site includes safety 
procedures for Internet use. 

The site warns people to be 
careful about what they post on- 
line, especially on Facebook and 
Myspace, because users can never 
be sure of who is viewing their per- 
sonal information. 

For those who are staying on 
campus during the break, there are 
extra tips to follow. The Web site 
advises to travel in groups of two 
or more at night and always walk in 
well-lit, heavily traveled areas. 

When going out, a student 
should let someone know where he 
or she is going and when he or she 
plans to be back, according to the 

site. Students should always lock 
their cars and keep valuables out 
of sight. Students should not prop 
open campus building doors, espe- 
cially residential buildings, accord- 
ing to the Web site. 

Even though many students 
plan on leaving during the break, 
residential assistants will be avail- 
able at University Columns and 
University Place Phases I and II for 
residents who need them. 

Brandon Buckley, assistant di- 
rector of Residential Life, says RAs 
are given an equal amount of holi- 
day time but will be at each resi- 
dence hall to assist students who 
are still on campus. 

In an effort to bring higher 
safety awareness to campus, Jack 
•Atherton, along with NSU Presi- 
dent Randall J. Webb and Tim Cun- 
ningham, attended a conference by 
the Louisiana Campus Compact on 
Community Emergency Response 
Teams (CERT). 

Atherton, an assistant profes- 
sor of criminal justice, said that the 
"wheels are in motion" on the de- 
velopment of the program, but he 
is not sure what shape the program 
will be in or who will be responsible 
for it. 

Atherton said the goal is to 
eventually have an effective CERT 
program at NSU, which will even- 

tually extend off campus into the 
surrounding community. 

"The first responder to an 
emergency is not an ambulance 
or fire truck, but it is a citizen," 
Atherton said. "This campus is not 
unique. If there is an emergency 
and we only have one fire station 
here to respond, what happens if 
you need help and there is no one 
to help you? That's where CERT 
comes in." 

As the hours seem to slowly 
pass and Thanksgiving break grows 
near, many officials say safety is a 
priority and should be practiced to 
ensure that the return to college life 
will be a smooth transition. 

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The 2008 Miss Black and Gold pageant winners claim their prizes onstage in A.A. Fredericks auditorium. Cheryl Lewis (center) won the crown and title. 

Miss Black and Gold pageant kicks off Alpha Week 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

Last week was Alpha Week, 
and the brothers of Alpha Phi Al- 
pha turned out seven days of fun 
and philanthropy. 

The Miss Black and Gold Pag- 
eant kicked off Alpha Week Nov. 9 
in the A.A. Fredericks auditorium. 
Comprising nine ladies, the pag- 
eant was the result of nearly two 
months of preparation. 

Walking away with the title 
was Cheryl Lewis, a sophomore 
psychology major. Lewis will go on 
to compete in a regional pageant. 

"I've never been in a pageant 
before," Lewis said. "It was a lot of 
work, and there is more to come. 
I'll have to keep up with my diet 

and stuff, but it was good to be a 
part of." 

Derrick Houston, a junior 
secondary education major, co- 
ordinated the event. He proudly 
explained that though there were 
glitches leading up to the pageant, 
everything came off nicely. 

"I'm glad with the event and 
the way things turned out," Hous- 
ton said. "We had a few problems 
along the way, but this was one of 
the best Miss Black and Gold Pag- 

In keeping with their train 
station theme, the train of Alpha 
Week's next stop was the Fried- 
man Student Union. The brothers 
accepted donations for the March 
of Dimes fund for premature ba- 
bies Nov. 10. They stressed to the 

participants the importance of sup- 
porting the affected families. 

Later that day, the brothers 
gathered at the Martin Luther King 
Center to help youngsters with 
their homework in support of the 
Boys and Girls Club of America. To 
end the day there was an informa- 
tional regarding the fraternity that 
evening for prospective members. 

The next day was dedicated 
to the ladies. The brothers passed 
out yellow roses representing their 
trademark colors - black and gold. 
Later that evening, the Alphas held 
a celebration in the Union ballroom 
with facials and hand and foot rubs 
sponsored by the ladies of Mary 
Kay. The brothers also highlighted 
the benefits of tobacco-free living 
and health awareness. 

Midweek the brothers gathered 
at 7 a.m. to clean up Martin Luther 
King Jr. Drive. After a long morning 
of cleaning, there was a block party, 
which led to the ultimate entertain- 
ment - the dodgeball tournament. 

For $5 per team, students could 
engage in goodhearted fun and fi- 
nancially support the fraternity. 
Held in the Health and Human Per- 
formance building, the tournament 
yielded a substantial turnout as well 
as a workout for participating stu- 
dents. Next the brothers of Alpha 
Phi Alpha hosted a party with the 
brothers of Pi Kappa Phi to bridge 
the gap between the National Pan- 
Hellenic Council of Historically 
Black Greek Organizations and the 
Panhellenic Council. 

"I really enjoyed myself," fresh- 

man psychology major Katie Rock- 
well said. "The Alphas stepping was 

Friday the brothers held a com- 
edy/talent show in the Union ball- 
room and opened the floor to all 
students of all classes to showcase 
their talents. Finally, to prepare for 
the football game versus McNeese 
State University, the Alphas held a 
tailgate at the NSU tennis courts. 
After the game, the brothers host- 
ed a show-stopping party featuring 
the G-Spot Boyz who performed 
their hit "Do Da Stanky Leg." 

"I thoroughly enjoyed Alpha 
Week," freshman biology major 
DaMeisha Anthony said. "It was a 
good way to get to know other stu- 
dents, and now I have a newfound 
interest in Greek life." 

NSU theatre presents play with poignant themes 

Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU theatre department 
presented "My Children! My Afri- 
ca!" - a play about romance, educa- 
tion and apartheid - to their fam- 
ily, friends and fellow students Nov. 
12-15 in Theatre West. 

The cast will also be presenting 
the play Nov. 18-21, for those who 
missed this great production and 
those who wish to see it again. 

The play is about a teacher 
named Mr. M. (David Sylvester Jr.), 
his favorite student, Thami (Reshad 
Horton) and a more fortunate girl 
named Isabel (Elizabeth Bigger) 
who team up to form a literacy de- 
bate team. 

In the process, Isabel and 
Thami not only discover a mutual 
love of literature, but also an un- 
spoken love for each other. 

When apartheid in South Afri- 
ca threatens to destroy their bond, 

Thami and Isabel must make a de- 
cision on how to respond to it. In 
this play -• written by South African 
playwright Athol Fugard - these 
decisions will either strengthen 
their bond or obliterate it. 

Michael Jerome Johnson, a 
guest professor at NSU, directed 
the play. He said he was surprised 
by the political relevance of the 

"It's nothing more than a love 
story," Johnson said. "When I chose 

this story last January, the presi- 
dential campaign wasn't in mind. 
Obama wasn't on my mind. It's a 
nice parallel." 

Mr. M.'s hope, as well as Barack 
Obama's hope, is for a change. 

"My Children! My Africa!" was 
Johnson' second chance to work 
with NSU's theatre department. 
Last fall, he taught as a guest pro- 
fessor and directed a play as well. 

Though Johnson said he truly 
enjoyed working with this cast, he 

said it was difficult to get them to 
learn the South African accents. 

"They're all eager to learn and 
work hard," Johnson said. "No one 
is a slacker. They try to do better 
and better. You can't ask for more 
than that." 

The cast's experience behind 
the scenes was even greater than 
their stage experience. 

For more about the cast's per- 
spective, view the full version of this 
story online. 

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Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

Students, faculty, community 
members and a Boy Scout troop 
gathered at the Watson Library- 
Monday night to attend a Native 
American Awareness Day presen- 

The event celebrated Native 
American culture and featured a 
presentation on powwows and the 
traditions surrounding them. 

Pete Gregory, professor of an- 
thropology and faculty adviser of 
the Native American student orga- 
nization, said November is Native 
American Heritage Month. 

"The Multicultural Office asked 
us to do something to raise aware- 
ness for Native American culture in 
the area," Gregory explained. 

The presentation, an infor- 
mational slideshow complete with 
background music from ceremo- 
nial Native American dances, was 
presented by the president of the 
Native American Cultural Associa- 
tion, Michael Ashworth. 

"The focus was on Native 
American culture and understand- 
ing," Ashworth said after the pre- 

Powwows, Ashworth ex- 
plained, are a central element of 
Native American culture. A pow- 
wow is a Native American gath- 
ering that often features dancing. 
Ashworth even demonstrated a few 
traditional moves during the slide- 
show presentation. 

After the presentation, the au- 
dience of Native American Aware- 
ness Day took advantage of the re- 
freshments, cookies and soda, and 
looked at some of the traditional 
Native American clothing on dis- 
play in the library. 

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Half the Battle: 

Claus Conquers 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

It's the week 
before Thanks- 
giving, and I've 
had a lot of peo- 
ple ask me what 
I'm thankful for. 
After pondering 

for a few days, I came up with an 

I'm thankful for the people 
who remembered there is a holiday 
between Halloween and Christ- 

Seriously, if you have Christ- 
mas decorations up right now, we 
are not friends. 

Thanksgiving is an American 
holiday, just as important as the 
Fourth of July, but you don't care. 
It's all about the snowmen, pres- 
ents and vertically challenged slave 
labor at the North Pole to you. 

Santa Claus is an unstoppable 
invader. He stood victorious over 
burning pumpkin pies and broken 
cornucopias, but he is hungry for 
more. He currently stands poised 
to take Halloween. I just know he 

You see, the day after Hallow- 
een, Wal-Mart erected a large, fully 
decorated Christmas tree. Many 
retailers began sending out catalogs 
with Christmas sales and prices. 

The armies of Claus have ar- 

Already, we see Charlie Brown 
and his pathetic little Christmas 
twig on TV. I think Jacob Marley 
has visited Scrooge 12 or 13 times 
in various classrooms around the 

nation. For God's sake, I know ev- 
ery word to the Pokemon Christ- 
mas specials! 

What happened to the magic 
of Thanksgiving? 

'We used to love coming to- 
gether and eating our weight in 
stuffing and cranberry sauce alone. 
Now, we skim over the feast to get 
to Christmas as quickly as pos- 

Thanksgiving celebrates the 
first successful harvest for the pil- 
grims, who had just come to Amer- 
ica. In a moment of true brother- 
hood, the Indians helped them 
with their farming. 

At no point during the feast 
did one of the pilgrims stand up 
and say "Thanks for dinner, but I 
have to go to bed early so I can hit 
the big sales tomorrow morning!" 

Post-Thankgiving sales are, 
quite possibly, the most brutal 
blood sport in the history of the 
world. Imagine hundreds of peo- 
ple crammed into a few toy aisles 
in Wal-Mart, battling it out over a 
two dollar Barbie. 

Let the chaos commence. 

I have seen fistfights over a 
season of "Grey's Anatomy," argu- 
ments over Optimus Prime and, 
strangely, blood spilled over cheap 

Is this the meaning of Christ- 
mas? Chaos and bloodshed, all for 
the sake of gain? No. 

Christmas is a time to sit un- 
der the Christmas tree, give each 
other gifts and watch the Grinch 
once again try to steal Christmas. 

But most importantly, Christ- 
mas belongs in December. 

History influences true 
meaning of Thanksgiving 

Bethany Frank 

Guest Columnist 

In 2007, 11 marching bands, 24 
floats, 800 clowns, 1900 perform- 
ers and 42 giant balloons filled with 
400,000 cubic 
feet led Santa 43 
blocks through 

The parade, 
which began in 
1924, celebrates 
its 150th an- 
niversary and 

marks the beginning of Christmas 
joys, according to Kathleen Seiler 
Neary's article, "How the Macy's 
Thanksgiving Day Parade Words." 

But what about Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving, despite some 
beliefs, is not a Christian holiday or 
a day set aside to glorify God and 
His graces. 

It's a day about taking time out 
and being grateful for the gifts life 

Thanksgiving is such a beauti- 
ful holiday because it isn't swarmed 
by commercialism. The true mean- 
ing can still be found in the daily- 

Families gather together to 
join the other 44 million televi- 
sion viewers and 2.5 million parade 
spectators to watch the Macy's Day 
parade as the turkey roasts in the 
oven and the final apples are peeled 
for the pie. 

Families put away their daily 
squabbles to pick at the turkey neck 
and get swatted as they dip a finger 
in the mashed potatoes. 

They huddle on the couch 
to watch the never-ending foot- 
ball games or begin marathons of 
Christmas movies. 

Together, America joins in 
thanksgiving for everything life has 
given and the ability to overcome 
all hardships. 

Every family falls down. Every 
individual gets lost. 

Thanksgiving provides a day 
for the individual to join with 
friends and family and celebrate 
the ability to stand up after falling 
and remember that someone is al- 

ways there to help the lost find a 
way home. 

Thanksgiving is about recog- 
nizing the hard times, but realiz- 
ing that there is always something 

Each bad moment not only 
makes people stronger, but also 
protects them from something 

In 1619, 39 English settlers cel- 
ebrated the first Thanksgiving at 
the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia 
after the hardships they endured 
during their early times, accord- 
ing to "The Origin and History of 

Things went worse for the set- 
tlers, and in 1621 the Pilgrims cel- 
ebrated the most famous Thanks- 
giving in Plymouth, Mass. 

The Pilgrims were joined by 
100 Native Americans for this 
three-day festival to give thanks to 
the Native Americans for their help 
in surviving the harsh winter. 

The importance of the holiday 
went back and forth for centuries, 
until magazine editor, Sarah Jo- 
sepha Hale, pushed to reinstate 
Thanksgiving as a national holiday 
in 1863. 

Hale wrote letters and editori- 
als until President Lincoln finally 
declared the holiday, according to 
"The Origin and History of Thanks- 

He felt the country needed to 
set aside a day to give thanks 'unto 
him from who all blessings flow,' 
according to "The Origin and His- 
tory of Thanksgiving." 

Together, Americans become 
part of centuries of struggles as 
they sit down at a Thanksgiving 
feast. The best silver and china and 
crystal cover the table as the family 
engulfs the buffet of turkey, sweet 
potatoes, cranberries, dressing and 

Families join hands in thanks- 
giving for everything life has of- 
fered. Together, families reminisce 
on the trials and tribulations and 
the blessings. 

Macy's parade may mark the 
beginning of Christmas joys, but 
it's during the day of Thanksgiving 
that families prepare for the bright, 
merry holiday season. 

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Racism prevalent even after election 

Tiffany Thomas 

Guest Columnist 

People are 
wondering if 
racism is dead 
now that there 
is a black pres- 
ident elect. In 
my opinion, 
no. It is on the 

Yes, there are prejudices of all 
kinds, but I want to specifically deal 
with racism. I don't believe racism 
is dead because racism is a type of 
hatred that is instilled. If anything, 
having Barack Obama as the presi- 
dent elect stirs the pot of racism. 

In October, two conspirators, 
Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlessel- 
man, were arrested in Tennessee 
and charged with possession of 
firearms, threats against Obama 
and conspiring to rob a gun store. 
The two also had plans to shoot 88 
black Americans and decapitate 14. 
Both these numbers are considered 
symbolic by white supremacists, 
according to 

Investigating ATF agent Bri- 
an Weaks said after Cowart and 
Schlesselman had enacted their kill- 
ing spree, "They further stated that 
their final act of violence would be 
to attempt to kill/assassinate presi- 
dential candidate Barack Obama." 

The two young men met on 
the Internet and bonded over their 
"strong beliefs regarding White 
Power and Skinhead views." 

This same belief or declara- 
tion of white power is the same ha- 
tred that has caused violent racial 
crimes of the past and obviously 
the present. 

If that doesn't convince you 
that racism is on the rise, on Nov. 
11a woman invited to a Ku Klux 
Klan meeting in rural Louisiana 
(our very own state) was murdered. 
The woman was a white victim, but 
she had traveled to St. Tammany 
Parish to fellowship with members 

of the Klan and was killed after a 
fight broke out when she tried to 
leave. The woman's mission was to 
attend the meeting and leave to re- 
cruit other members according to 
AOL news. 

Why were these clansmen 
meeting if racism is dead? I have 
no doubt they were meeting to 
commiserate over their hatred of a 
black president elect. 

I also have no doubt that 
groups such as these will try their 
best to make attempts on Obama's 

The death of Martin Luther 
King Jr. was only 40 years ago. 
That isn't a very long time ago, 
and the same spirit of hatred that 
led to his assassination exists to- 
day. Also these supremacists blind 
themselves to Obama's multiracial 
heritage and zero in on his African 

That is blatant racism. We as 
Americans created equal cannot sit 
around and let racism fester and go 

Every form of it is ugly whether 
it is black supremacy or white su- 
premacy. It is intolerable and a rea- 
son why there is so much dissen- 
sion amongst Americans. 

St. Tammany Parish Sher- 
iff Jack Strain said upon arresting 
Raymond "Chuck" Foster, the Klan 
leader charged with the death of 
the woman, "The IQ level of this 
group is not impressive, to be kind. 
I can't imagine anyone feeling en- 
dangered or at risk by any one of 
these kooks." 

After reading that I wanted to 
go to the bathroom and throw up. 
How could this sheriff have the 
nerve to say such a thing? James 
Earl Ray, who assassinated Dr. 
Martin Luther King Jr., wasn't con- 
sidered much of a threat by anyone 
including the King family. However, 
he admitted to his wife that he did 
indeed kill King. 

It just isn't wise to say that a 
race of people shouldn't feel endan- 

gered by a group that prides itself 
on hating that race. 

I'm also quite sure the victim 
did not feel endangered since she 
was amongst those who believed 
what she believed. Nevertheless, 
she died. In light of these events I 
again reiterate that racism is in no 
way dead. 

It is on the rise because more 
white supremacy groups are meet- 
ing and blogging over their mutual 
hate now that Obama has been 
elected. has discovered 
posts by white supremacists on the 
Neo-Nazi Vanguard News Web 
forum. One poster calling himself 
Darthvader said, "He [Obama] will 
make things so bad for white people 
that hopefully they will finally real- 
ize how stupid they were for admir- 
ing these jigaboos all these years." 

Another unnamed poster re- 
plied saying, "White people won't 
do anything until their toys are 
taken away and perhaps things will 
have to get worse in order for them 
to get better. Perhaps Obama needs 
to be president in order for white 
people to see that these Negroes 
have come too far and run our 
country into the dirt." 

These are the most filthy, mis- 
informed comments I've ever had 
the displeasure to read. 

How can we begin to think 
racism is dead when the majority of 
these posters are ages 18-25? Those 
are the ages of typical college stu- 
dents. I am an advocate of one in- 
forming his or herself so I only seek 
to inform you all. 

We need to recognize, black, 
white, Hispanic, Asian - all, we all 
need to see that racism exists and 
it exists strongly, and we need to 
combat it by striving to persecute 
these supremacists who allow their 
hate to manifest into physical vio- 
lence. We perhaps cannot stop the 
hate, but we can stand up and call 
the hatred, evil, injustice and rac- 
ism out for what it is. 


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Freshman Scholar 

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Spirit worth seeking 

Devon Drake 

Web Editor 

spirit is a phrase 
I've heard 
thrown around 
since my mid- 
dle school 
years, ever 
since sports be- 
came a viable school function. 

During middle school, I re- 
mained fairly impartial and became 
somewhat bitter toward the school 
spirited in high school. 

I fully expected these feelings 
to persist throughout college; how- 
ever, something drastically changed 
my life: NSU basketball. 

I'm not quite sure how I began 
going to the games, but I'm so glad 
I did. 

The first season of basketball 
I had ever watched was in 2005- 
2006, the inspirational season in 
which Jermaine Wallace sank his 
infamous shot in the buzzer-beat- 
ing win against third seed Iowa in 
the first round of the NCAA tour- 

What I do remember is that 
day, that amazing day when Jer- 
maine sunk that shot. 

I had never truly experienced 
school spirit up to that point. 

The next few days were amaz- 
ing. The campus seemed to bloom 
with pride; moreover, people genu- 

inely seemed happier. 

The halls of Russell Hall were 
surprisingly talkative, compared to 
the relative antisocial atmosphere 
the College of Business usually 
greets me with. 

This newfound camaraderie 
made me realize something. School 
spirit doesn't just affect attendance 
at sporting events, it affects the ebb 
and flow of the entire campus. 

The pride I saw that spring lu- 
bricated the gears of this university, 
making the lives of students much 

The students were more social, 
the faculty seemed revitalized and 
the other workers seemed to work 

It wasn't because the team had 
won; it was the pride we drew from 

Finally, Northwestern had be- 
come recognized on a grand scale, 
and the students were proud to 
claim their university. 

For a few glorious weeks, when 
you told someone you went to 
Northwestern, they didn't ask you 
how the weather was in Illinois, 
they commented on that amazing 
comeback victory. 

The nation knew us, they saw 
our determination and hard work 
come to fruition and they showed 
us respect. 

Ever since my freshman year, I 
try to attend every game, not neces- 
sarily for the game, but to feel that 
pride one more time before I leave. 

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Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
November 19, 2008 

Demons still in conference 
title hunt after home loss 

Spencer Pearson 

Sauce Reporter 

The Northwestern State foot- 
ball team was dealt its fifth loss of 
the season after a hard fought game 
against McNeese State. 

NSU kept the high-powered 
McNeese offense in check, but 
were unable to overcome a late of- 
fensive surge by the Cowboys. 

McNeese scored first with a 
field goal that bounced on the left 
upright before going in. 

NSU responded with a long 
drive that featured a 38-yard recep- 
tion from junior quarterback John 
Hundley to senior wide receiver 
Dudley Guice Jr. on 3rd and long. 
The pass put NSU in scoring posi- 

NSU finished the drive with a 
short touchdown run by Hundley. 

The Demons then scored a 
field goal to go up 10-3 in the sec- 
ond quarter. 

McNeese responded with a 
short touchdown run, and the game 
would stay tied until the fourth 
quarter when Cowboys' quarter- 
back Derrick Fourroux was able to 
run for a touchdown. Fourroux ran 
for three touchdowns, two of which 
came in the fourth quarter. 

The fourth quarter runs broke 
the stalemate and provided a 14- 
point lead for the Cowboys. 

The Demons would score late 
in the fourth quarter, but a failure 
to convert an onside kick eventu- 
ally led to a loss for the Demons. 

Cowboys tailback Toddrick 
Pendland broke McNeese's single 
season rushing record in the game, 
which was a record that has been 
unbroken since 1952. Pendland 
broke Jules DeRouen's 56-year-old 
record by eight yards. 

NSU is now 6-5, but still not 
out of contention for first place in 
the conference. 

To win the conference, they 
need McNeese and Texas State 
to lose, and they have to win next 
week at Stephen F. Austin State 

While senior linebacker Mack 
Dampier's last home game as a De- 
mon ended in a loss, he was still 

"It was a great atmosphere, 
couldn't ask for anything better 
with everything on the line in a 
packed house," Dampier said. "It's a 
good way f o go out." 

Dampier ended the game with 
a team-high 11 tackles and one 
sack. Dampier and the NSU de- 
fense held McNeese to 24 points, 
which is no small feat considering 
McNeese has averaged more than 
40 points a game. 

Head Coach Scott Stoker also 
applauded the efforts of the de- 


"I thought we played well 
enough defensively, but when you're 
on the field that long, it's tough to 
hold an offense down to what their 
total usually is," Stoker said. 

During the second half, the 
Cowboys offense converted mul- 
tiple 3rd-and-long downs that kept 
their offense on the field and kept 
the Demons defense from resting. 

Also, injuries on the offensive 
line affected NSU's play. 

The Demons offense was al- 
ready playing without their starting 
lineman Jace Prescott, who was re- 
placed by a true freshman. 

After an injury to Michael 
Booker early in the game, the De- 
mons were forced to use two true 
freshmen on the line, which had an 
effect that Stoker noticed. 

"Playing two true freshman 
tackles out there, it's tough in a 
game like this when you're playing 
the caliber of competition like Mc- 
Neese," Stoker said. 

While the loss puts North- 
western State in a more difficult 
position to win the SLC title, it is 
not impossible. The Demons are 
now looking ahead to the game 
against Stephen F. Austin where a 
win could possibly crown them as 
SLC Champions. 

The Demons and Lumberjacks 
are set for a 6 p.m. kickoff. 

Photo by Bethany Frank/The Current Sauce 
Freshman defensive back Jeremy Lane (24) and the Purple Swarm defense held 
the McNeese State offense to 24 points, 16 below its season average in the De- 
mons' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys Saturday. 

Volleyball finds its way into SLC Tournament 

Photo by Gary Hardamon The Current Sauce 
Sophomore middle blocker Laranda Spann (14) recorded 10 kills and led the tern; 
in hitting percentagein the loss to Lamar. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU Lady Demons backed 
themselves into the Southland 
Conference Tournament with a 
four-game losing streak to end the 

The last two came at the hands 
of the Lamar Lady Cardinals and 
Sam Houston State Lady Bearkats. 

Despite losing in straight sets 

- for the third consecutive match 

- to the Lamar Lady Cardinals, 
the Lady Demons still qualified for 
its fourth straight trip to the SLC 

"It doesn't matter how you get 
there; it only matters that you get 
there," head coach Brittany Uffel- 
man said. "Last year we were in 
a similar situation and were able 
to win a game in the tournament 
(SLC). So, like I said we're in, and 

that's all that matters." 

Laranda Spann led the way for 
the Lady Demons with 10 kills and 
hitting for a team high .316 hitting 

Zanny Castillo led the team in 
digs with 1 1 while Megan Dockery 
added seven digs and 25 assists. 

As a team, the Lady Demons 
were only able to manage a .123 hit- 
ting percentage. 

The final game of the year for 
NSU didn't fare much better, drop- 
ping its fourth straight three- set 
loss to the Sam Houston State Lady 

Yelena Enwere led the Lady 
Demons in kills with eight. Megan 
Manning had a team-high 12 digs 
with Zanny Castillo a close second 
with 11. 

Megan Dockery added 25 as- 
sists and seven digs. 

NSU hit for a season low -.011 

hitting percentage as a team. It 
had 23 kills with 24 errors in 93 at- 

"It doesn't matter that we lost 
our last four," Uffelman said. "It's an 
all-new season now with the tour- 
nament this upcoming weekend." 

The Lady Demons qualified 
for the eighth and final spot in the 
Southland Conference Tourna- 

This marks the fourth straight 
year that NSU has qualified for the 
SLC Tournament. NSU travels to 
Nacogdoches, Texas, the site of the 
2008 SLC Tournament, to face the 
No. 1 seeded Texas State Lady Bob- 

NSU is winless against the 
Lady Bobcats, losing in straight 
sets by an average score of 25-19. 

The Lady Demons finished its 
season with a 10-16 record overall 
and 5-11 in SLC play. 

BS'ing with the 
Bull: Apology 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

I would like to start by say- 
ing that I am so very sorry for my 
comments about the cross country 

I have been quoted as saying 
that "no one cares about the cross 
country team," and yes those are 
my words. 

As a person of what I feel is 
high integrity, I will own up to what 
I said. Thinking back about what 
I said, I know and feel that might 
have been the dumbest thing I have 
said in a very long time. 

Because I know that there are 
people out there who follow the 
cross country team just like any 
other sport, and just because I feel 
it's not as important as other sports 
doesn't mean that it is not and does 
not deserve the credit that it is 

So to the cross country team, 
the coaches, Trecey Rew and the 
fans of the cross country team, I 
am sorry for my brash and idiotic 

I would also like to apolo- 
gize for the lack of coverage of the 
cross country team in The Current 

It was brought to my attention 
that the cross country team actu- 
ally won an event and went to the 
conference tournament where they 
finished 12th overall. 

So, as a reporter/editor of the 
sports page, it is my duty to cover 
all NSU sports. So for that, I am 
again sorry. 

Please do not take my words as 
a way of covering my tail because 
someone wrote a letter to the edi- 

I promise if I weren't serious 
about my apology, I would not have 
given it. 

The only thing I can ask for 
from here on out is that if anyone 
feels that their team is not getting 
the coverage they think it deserves, 
please, please let us (The Current 
Sauce) know before three days after 
the season is over. 

The sports page is only running 
on two people who have several 
things to do outside of the news- 
paper like classes and projects for 
those classes. 

We are human. 

We will miss stuff. So, again I 
am really sorry for my comments 
that were spoken out of my igno- 

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Men's team tips off basketball season 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Northwestern State De- 
mons dominated East Texas Bap- 
tist University 87-65 in the home 
opener, as the Demons completed 
the sweep of Tuesday's double- 

NSU started out very slowly, 
scoring only nine points in the first 
eight minutes of the Lallgame Tues- 

"We have some long guys that 
can do a lot of things," head coach 
Mike McConathy said. "Offensive- 
ly, we're not inept. We're not mov- 
ing the ball. The ball has to move to 
make the defense move, so we can 
make things happen." 

Thanks to halftime adjust- 
ments made by McConathy and 
his "hoop squad," the Demons were 
able to spark early in the second 
half, scoring 78 points in the final 
32 minutes of the game. 

"When we do our five in five 
out, when the transition goes, that's 
what we're saying in the timeout," 
sophomore forward Devin White 
said. "We're bigger than them. We 
just pound inside. When the inside 
opens up, the outside opens up." 

The outside certainly opened 
up for the Demons in the second 
half. NSU shot only 1 for 8, 12.5 

percent, from the three-point line 
in the first half. 

The Demons sank 9 of 16 
three-pointers in the second half, 
finishing the game 10-24, 41.7 per- 

Senior guard Keithan Han- 
cock led all scorers with 14 points, 
shooting 5 for 9 from the field, and 
3 for 5 from the three-point line. 

White was not too far behind, 
sinking 12 of his own, adding eight 

Senior forward Deividas Petra- 
vicious and junior guard Michael 
McConathy added 10 apiece. 

The scoring did not stop there 
for the Demons, as Coach McCon- 
athy played 17 guys, 11 scored. 

"We have a mindset that we 
do what we do, which is score the 
ball, block shots, rebound and run," 
White said. "When we do what we 
do, we can make a lot of problems 
for a lot of people." 

Despite the slow offensive start, 
NSU proved to show its defensive 
strengths, holding the Tigers to 28 
percent shooting from the field, 
blocking 12 shots and causing 25 

"We really struggled early on 
to get the ball in the basket," Coach 
McConathy said. "We did some 
good things defensively in the first 

Of the 17 players on the roster, 
10 of them are freshmen or sopho- 

The development of these 
young players could be essential to 
the Demons' success. 

"I see a lot of talent in our 
young guys," White said. "They 
might not have the knowledge, 
but they have raw talent. They are 
just ready to go. Once they get the 
knowledge, they'll become pure 
players. By conference, our young 
guys should have the knowledge 
to where they'll touch a little bit of 
their potential. By next year, they'll 
be ready fully." 

The Demons brought it fully 
in the second half, putting up 51 
points, after scoring only 36 in the 
first half. 

"Once we feel the fans are into 
it, we feel the extra burst," White 
said. "Not just the fans, but once 
we get our rotation and our shots 
are falling." 

NSU opened up its regular 
season on the road in Bloomington, 
Ind., with an 83-65 loss to the Hoo- 
siers Saturday. 

The win over the Tigers moves 
NSU to 1-1 on the season. 

The Demons next contest is 
Friday as they play Centenary in the 
LSU Tournament in Baton Rouge 
at 4 p.m. 

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SGA satisfied with semester 

David Royal 

News Editor 

In this week's meeting, an 
amiable atmosphere was present 
amongst the members of the Stu- 
dent Government Association as 
they prepared to end the semester. 

SGA adviser Yonna Pasch said 
that, in retrospect, the organization 
as a whole has done a "plethora of 
positive things" for the student 

Pasch credited the overall suc- 
cess of this semester to the SGAs 
executive board. 

"Cody and Mark have done a 
phenomenal job this semester," said 
Pasch, referring to the organiza- 
tion's president and vice president. 

Pasch added that she thought 
what the executive board and the 
rest of SGA did best this semester 
was take an active role and ensure 
that they properly followed the 
SGA constitution. 

SGA president Cody Bourque 
agreed by saying that although 
the organization did not have any 
flashy achievements this semester, 
the members still accomplished 
many things. 

"We haven't had that one big 
thing to stand out," Bourque said. 
"It has been more dirty work." 

Bourque said he thought the 
largest obstacle he and his senators 
had to overcome was the learning 
curve that came with having so 
many new senators. 

He explained that it took this 
entire semester for the senators to 
learn their role and to become fully 

Bourque added, however, that 
the curve was also present for him 
and vice president Mark Daniels. 
Although they had been in leader- 
ship positions before, Bourque said 
it took time for the executive board 
to feel completely comfortable with 
their positions. 

Another problem the SGA 
faced was trying to accomplish new 
goals without having past records 
to look toward for guidance. 

"It's hard to build a rocket 
without a manual," Bourque said to 
explain this problem. 

SGA vice president Mark Dan- 
iels said he believed the largest ob- 
stacle came from both Hurricanes 
Gustav and Ike. 

Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce 

SGA president Cody Bourque speaks to the senate Monday night at its meeting. He address- 
es matters that include the potential future and role of the organization. 

Daniels said the organization 
had many events planned for SGA 
week earlier in the semester, but 
the hurricanes limited what they 
could do. 

Despite the setbacks, the SGA 
still met many goals, Daniels said. 

The organization made strides 
with clarifying the SGA constitu- 
tion, reorganizing student fees and 
establishing club sports. 

Members of the SGA also pro- 
vided services such as painting and 
giving pumpkins and Christmas or- 
naments to the Council on Aging, a 
local nursing home, and by provid- 
ing two children with Christmas 
gifts through the Court Appointed 
Special Advocates, Daniels said. 

Bourque said he personally 
feels there has only been one po- 
tential negative spot within the 
SGA this semester. 

After passing a bill to reduce 
the scholarships given to the ex- 
ecutive board to allow the SGA to 
have more money for the student 
body and service learning, the SGA 
faced much opposition - primarily 
from former student government 

officials - concerning their deci- 

Some who opposed the bill 
said reducing scholarships could 
potentially defer future students 
from pursuing an executive posi- 
tion or not allow the future ex- 
ecutive board from fulfilling their 
duties because they might have to 
dedicate their time to a part-time 

Yesterday, however, Bourque 
and his executive board met with 
NSU President Randall J. Webb and 
discussed the situation, and ulti- 
mately Webb supported and signed 
to approve the bill. 

Webb said he had no hesita- 
tions to approve the bilL 

"I commend the members of 
the SGA for finding ways to give 
back to the student body," Webb 

Webb explained that Bourque 
and the executive board addressed 
all of his concerns and that, in the 
end, the SGA's argument made 
more sense than the opposing ar- 

Now that the scholarships 

have been reduced and the SGA 
will have a greater budget, Bourque 
said the organization can continue 
to provide its multiple services to 
the student body. 

Both Bourque and Daniels said 
they look forward to the upcoming 

"We have all kinds of fun stuff 
planned for the future," Daniels 

Daniels said he hopes that next 
semester the SGA will establish 
better administrative awareness 
within the student body by possibly 
having an administrative dinner in 
which students can dine and min- 
gle with NSU's officials. 

The SGA plans to also continue 
looking into student fees and online 
voting options, Bourque said. 

Bourque added that because 
it's his last semester as president, 
he feels he has an obligation to do 
his very best. 

"We're at a turning point in 
both the SGA and the student body, 
but I'm excited," Bourque said. "It's 
not going to be an easy road, but 
we'll succeed." 

Lack of advertising leaves students unaware 

SAB seeks better promotion to match quality events 

rpXN, Tuesday 
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Photo by Eddie Higginbotham/The Current Sauce 

Kelli Bagley dresses as a 1980s "material girl" in SAB's float 
for the Homecoming Parade and pep rally. 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

It's on to a new year for the 
Student Activities Board, which 
wrapped up the fall semester with 
its last event - "Unwrap the Fun," 
where students could take pictures 
with Santa and get stocking stuffers 
in the Friedman Student Union. 

After providing 28 events for 
the student body this fall, the mem- 
bers of SAB are even more excited 
about what the spring will hold. A 
big event featured this semester 
was Welcome Week, which served 
to help new students transition to 

Other events included Home- 
coming Week, which comprised 
Lip Sync Night and the Kickoff 
Party. Another rousing event was 
Vegas Night. Students had the op- 
portunity to party like they were in 
Vegas and enjoy a night at the ca- 

SAB President Roderick Wil- 
son is pleased with the success of 
the fall. 

"We've done 28 events and had 
good turnouts," Wilson said. "It's 
been a very good fall." 

Coming off a recent budget cut 
Wilson termed the fall semester as 

"trial and error." However, the bud- 
get cut did nothing to hinder SAB 
from pulling off events as it has 
done in the past. 

"The budget cut didn't af- 
fect the events," he said. "We went 
through the same process and plan- 
ning. The only thing affected was 
the residence halls. I wish we could 
have done more." 

Another weakness both Wilson 
and students cited was advertising. 
Transfer students Lucia Foster, se- 
nior business administration major 
of the Louisiana Scholars' College, 
and Haley Vining, sophomore pho- 
tography major of Scholars', said 
they were "not aware" of many of 
the SAB events. 

"I wish more things were done 
with the residence halls, but as for 
the other activities on campus, I 
didn't know about them," Foster, a 
resident of University Place Phase 
II, said. 

"I don't feel the events were 
talked about enough," freshman 
radiology major Dezira Henry said. 
"The posters didn't really catch my 

Wilson said in the upcoming 
semester he and his fellow SAB 
members are going to strive to im- 
prove the organization's public re- 

Cont. on p. 2 

$4M electrical 
system project 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor 

The NSU Physical Plant re- 
cently received approval from Fa- 
cility Planning and Control to start 
work on the $4 million installation 
of a new electrical system for the 

The bid was awarded at $2.8 
million, but Bourg said the proj- 
ect to bury new lines, replace 
transformers and install switch- 
gear boxes will take a full year and 
around $4 million to complete. 

The contractor for this project 
is Twin City Electric, even though 
another company offered a lower 
bid. The logic behind the choice, 
Bourg said, was based on legal 

"The state has a law that any 
time you do a contractor or bid 
proposal and you have to make a 
correction ... even if it's a back- 
space and you correct it on a type- 
writer, you have to initial it. They 
didn't initial it; it cost us $110,000 
to the project," Bourg said. 

Twin City Electric has worked 
on previous construction projects 
at NSU. They are installing the 
emergency generator at the Health 
and Human Performance build- 
ing. The company also repaired 
the lights in Turpin Stadium after 
Hurricane Rita. 

"The old [electrical] system 
has been in place since the 1930s 
when we used to generate our 
own power on campus," Bourg ex- 
plained. "We no longer do that be- 
cause the equipment in the power 
plant's antiquated and can't sup- 
port the entire campus grid." 

The campus currently has two 
main electricity feeds - an east 
feed near the Alumni Center and a 
west feed near the Teacher Educa- 
tion Center. 

The aging underground sys- 
tem has caused sporadic power 
outages for many years on the 
NSU campus. 

"What the new system will 
enable us to do is that we'll loop 
these two feeds together, where if 
we lose incoming power on one 
feed it's picked up by the other au- 
tomatically and the buildings don't 
go out," Bourg said. 

The new electrical system will 
also include a third feed and a new 
station with switchgear boxes, but 
work on the new system will not 
begin for some time. 

"They won't disconnect any of 
the old stuff until the new stuff's 
ready to be switched over," Bourg 

NSU President Ran- 
dall J. Webb said he expects 
the project to be a success. 

"Our hope is that this system 
will serve NSU well for the next 25 
years," Webb said. 

The electrical system will 
bring many improvements to the 

Bourg said the new equip- 
ment will be more efficient and 
less expensive to operate. The 
new system may also decrease the 
amount of power outages on cam- 
pus, Bourg said. 

In the spring, Bourg said the 
contractors will probably set up a 
staging area behind Caddo Hall so 
that they can store the equipment 
that comes in. Bourg predicts that 
nothing will be completed until 
October of next year. 

"It's a needed construction 
project. Any time we can enhance 
the infrastructure of the campus of 
that magnitude - whether it's an 
electrical system or the steam sys- 
tem - it's very beneficial to us in 
the operations," Bourg said. "We'll 
start saving money on the utilities 
side, and we'll be able to start put- 
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Sodexo general manager Vance 
Howe plans to continue evaluating 
students' campus dining experience 
with the mystery shopper program 
he and the Student Government 
Association implemented this se- 

The SGA recruited students 
who could serve as mystery shop- 
pers by filling out questionnaires 
to rate the quality of the food and 
service at Iberville Dining Hall and 
Vic's restaurant. 

Some shoppers noted unclean 
dining areas and a lack of posted 
menus and employee name tags. 

The survey included questions 
such as "Do you feel that you re- 
ceived value for both the food and 
service offered?" and "Were you 
acknowledged and treated fairly by 
the staff?" 

Students ranked their answers 
on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 10 (def- 
initely). A comment section was 
also provided at the bottom of the 

"Unit worker stated 'bread is 
bread' after dropping the bun on 
the counter and did not toast the 
bun," one mystery shopper noted 
on an evaluation form. 

Howe meets with the mystery 
shoppers on Thursdays to keep tabs 
on the dining hall's progress and to 
note any changes that he needs to 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/ The Current Sauce 

Vic's now serves a wider variety of dishes, including soup. 


Howe said many positive 
changes have come out of Vic's, 
which he said used to bear resem- 
blance to a shopping mall - a social 
gathering point on campus where 
students go, but don't necessarily 
spend money. 

"It got to a point where every- 
body was coming into Vic's and sit- 
ting and not buying anything, and 
then the people who wanted to eat 
would have to go someplace else. 
But now we're getting a different 

response," Howe said. "I see that 
we're getting different groups of 
individuals that are coming in, that 
are buying food and that are staying 
here now. It's because we're offer- 
ing different things here at Vic's." 

Jason Thibodeaux, a sopho- 
more history major and chair of 
the SGA student affairs committee, 
said the mystery shopper program 
is helpful in a variety of ways. 

"The mystery shopper is not 
only for Vance to get input, but it 
keeps his workers on their toes be- 

cause they don't know, at any time 
somebody could be watching," Thi- 
bodeaux said. 

Thibodeaux said that, to his 
knowledge, there was no comment 
card system this semester, but that 
it may be in the works for next 

Howe met with Thibodeaux 
and SGA vice president Mark Dan- 
iels to discuss the mystery shopper 
program earlier this year. 

Daniels pointed out that clos- 
ing down 40 minutes early is unac- 
ceptable for a cafeteria on a college 
campus, where many students' din- 
ing options are limited. 

One mystery shopper noted 
that some workers at Iberville were 
still closing up shop early. 

Howe said he plans to change 
this problem and others, including 
inefficient service. He said some 
employees undergo customer ser- 
vice training, and he is already 
starting to see improvement. 

"They just don't look at you 
and then walk away when you're 
coming up to get a sandwich like 
they used to do." Howe said. "It 
used to be, 'Well, I'm not here for 
you. You're here for me.' And that 
attitude is starting to change." 

The staff of both dining venues 
have been affected. 

"We moved people around over 
there in Iberville," Howe said. "We 
found through the mystery shop- 
per program that there were some 

people that were slower in some 
areas where you had to have the 
ability to multitask, and so we kind 
of switched some people around to 

Daniels said he was impressed 
by the turnover of employees. He 
said Howe did a good job coordi- 
nating the project. 

"It's always been his thing. It's 
something that Sodexo's national 
does," Daniels said. 

Daniels said the SGA helped 
out with this project by encourag- 
ing three female students to apply 
for the position. Howe said he only 
received applications from male 
students, and that he had a few la- 
dies interested in the project who 
later decided they were too busy. 

Daniels added that if Howe 
needs help recruiting again next se- 
mester, the SGA is happy to help. 

"They've made such steps in 
trying to help provide better stuff 
for the students that we want to 
make sure we're doing everything," 
Daniels said. 

Howe also pointed out that he 
wants perspective on how he could 
best help vegetarians and health- 
conscious students. 

Daniels said the SGA's purpose 
is to be a voice for the students. 
Though Daniels and Thibodeaux 
said Howe has taken the reins on 
this particular project, they added 
that the SGA is happy to help if 
Howe asks. 

SAB cont. from p. 1 

lations to correct this problem. 

The SAB has now realized that 
flyers are not the best way to adver- 
tise events, Wilson said. 

"We're trying to think outside 
of the box," Wilson said. "We may 
try to use props to catch people's 
attention like we did for last year's 
Spring Fling." 

Other marketing tools that 
may be used more next semester 
include having SAB members wear 
T-shirts promoting a specific event 
and setting up tables in popular ar- 
eas to personally get the word out 
to students about the organization's 
events, Wilson said. 

Music education majors Jere- 
my Murray, a senior, and Roosevelt 
Porter, a freshman, said they liked 
the events, especially Homecom- 
ing Week. However, Murray said 
he missed the events of the past. 

"I miss the game show stuff 
SAB used to do," Murray said. "I 
remember doing the 'Price is Right' 
and the 'Real World.' I think its suc- 
cess was in the TV show stuff." 

Though the general consensus 
proves that either students liked 
the events or didn't know about 
them, Wilson has "bigger and bet- 
ter" plans for the spring. 

"Yes, the fall has been good, but 
we can do more," he said. "I want to 
do bigger events like concerts and 
bring in comedians. There are only 
better things to come." 

Wilson's optimism and enthu- 
siasm has caught the interest of 
new students. Freshman radiology 
major Kelsey Thompson is excited 
about Spring Fling. 

"I've heard how fun Spring 
Fling is, and I can't wait," Thomp- 
son said. 

Wilson said he feels next se- 
mester will be even greater than the 
semester that is concluding. 

"We weren't exactly sure how 
this semester was going to work 
out, but the executive board really 
did a good job not to let that slow 
them down," Wilson said. "We have 
.a better understanding of what to 
expect, so I think next semester will 
be even more exciting." 

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Students who go shopping during this year's holiday season may find themselves influenced by the struggling economy. 

Kevin Clarkston 

Features Reporter 

The holidays are a time to re- 
connect with family and friends, ex- 
change gifts and watch city streets 
and homes grow wild with bursts of 
colorful fluorescent lights. 

With the current state of the 
economy, everything from gas to 
gummy worms has gotten more ex- 

Next to the presidential elec- 
tion, it has been the biggest topic of 
2008. Wall Street meltdowns and 
schizophrenic oil prices will inevi- 
tably have an effect on holiday tra\ • 
eling and shopping plans. 

Or will they? 

"Honestly [my plans] haven'* 
been affected at all," Bryan John 
son, sophomore social work ma- 
jor, said. "I just go home and spenc" 
time with family." 

Johnson thinks the current re- 

cession won't put much of a dent in 
his shopping habits, but price tags 
will still be a factor. 

"People give gifts no mat- 
ter what," he said. Johnson said he 
plans to buy gifts for those close to 
him. "If I see something and it re- 
minds me of them, I'll buy it." 

For Hannah Goodfellow, 
sophomore fine arts major, being 
employed saves money and makes 
buying gifts easier. 

"During the holiday I'll be 
working mostly, so I won't be go- 
ing home back and forth, spending 
a lot of money on gas and every- 
thing like that," she said. "This year 
it won't be as bad because last year I 
didn't have a job, so money was re- 
ally tight. I work at Mama's restau- 
rant on Front Street, and we stay 
really busy during the holidays." 

Despite the steady cash flow, 
Goodfellow is still selective about 
whom she will shop for and how 

much she will spend. 

"I wouldn't buy a lot of the 
same gifts that I normally would 
buy. I look for some stuff on sale," 
she said. "I'll buy for like my close 
best friends, and I'll buy for my 
family as well." 

Still, nothing stands in the way 
of getting the perfect present. 

"If you find the right gift, some- 
how [you'll] find a way to come up 
with the money for it," Goodfellow 

Nevertheless, some holiday 
plans like traveling, couldn't avoid 
the grasp of the current economic 

Johnson said some family 
members' travel plans have been 

"My uncle came down from 
Chicago early, because the [airline] 
rates would be cheaper," he said. 

Last January, a trip to his moth- 
er's home state of Connecticut was 

cancelled because it was too expen- 

Goodfellow said her family will 
still travel. 

"During Thanksgiving we go 
to Baton Rouge, and then during 
Christmas we'll go to St. Joseph, 
which is in Tensas parish," she said. 

Gas prices are not an issue. 

"I think my parents are fine 
with that. I don't they're affected by 
it," she said. 

Dorothy Jones, an economics 
professor in the College of Busi- 
ness, thinks those traveling for 
holidays should not expect much in 
the way of bargains, especially with 

"Right now the holidays are 
really upon us in so many ways. 
So they're not going to be able to 
find a whole lot as far as that's con- 
cerned," she said. "Usually you have 
to buy your tickets in advance in 
order to take advantage of certain 


Businesses are sure to feel the 
sting of the economic crisis, with 
the holiday season often the most 
crucial earning quarter for stores. 

Brittany Hammond, an asso- 
ciate at the Stage store in Natchi- 
toches, said while it is too early to 
tell what holiday shopping figures 
will be, she is confident business 
will be good. 

"[During the holidays we're] 
very, very busy. We stay open later," 
she said. When asked if she was 
worried about the negative effects 
the crisis could inflict on sales, she 
simply said, "Not at all." 

However, according to Jones, 
Hammond should be more than 
a little nervous about customers' 
spending habits. 

"I just feel that many people, 
or consumers, are going to be pull- 
ing back for the holiday. I don't 
think they're going to be spending 
as much," Jones said. "I think the 
main reason they're not going to 
be spending as much is because of 
the credit crisis ... because much 
of the spending that is done dur- 
ing the holiday season is, in fact, on 

Jones thinks the crisis will af- 
fect businesses beyond the holiday 

"It's hurting them in other ways 
too because they're not going to be 
able to continue to produce, even 
for the coming quarter," she said. 

"They're not going to be invest- 
ing as much in production for the 
coming quarter, because they know 
what's happening now." 

Jones, who has taken a poll in 
her classes to see what students' 
shopping and travel plans are, 
thinks many consumers will be 
stalking sales racks and shopping 
online for discounts. 

"I think people will be looking 
for bargains in every area that they 
can find them, she said. "They cer- 
tainly will be shopping online be- 
cause that allows you to be able to 
do more research before you make 
a purchase." 

She said the biggest hurdle 
for businesses is consumer confi- 

"People are pessimistic about 
reality and the future... and part 
of the problem is the credit crisis," 

Jones said. "Part of the problem is 
the mortgage meltdown. But peo- 
ple are being affected on a personal 

"If you're looking at an unem- 
ployment rate of 6.5 percent, that 
means people are losing their jobs 
... if you can ask someone 'Do you 
know anybody who lost their job?' 
and when you are able to say "Yes 
I know somebody' and when I'm 
able to say 'Yes I know somebody' 
then the economy is in some seri- 
ous trouble." 

Johnson and Goodfellow said 
seeing family more than compen- 
sates for having a few less presents 
under the Christmas tree. 

"It's more about family and 
spending time with them," Johnson 

"Holidays are my favorite time 
of year, so I'm just excited about 
that," Goodfellow said. 

For her part, Jones thinks peo- 
ple will ultimately go with emotion 
over logic, and will sacrifice in or- 
der to connect with family. 

"The holidays still bring with 
them sentiment, so people still 
want to be with family members," 
Jones said. "So I think people might 
be making some sacrifices in mak- 
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Teachers team up for new 
film theory concentration 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

Professors Andy Crank and Allen Bauman have established a 
him theory concentration for NSU's English department. 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

English majors at NSU can 
concentrate in folklife and south- 
ern studies, communication, pro- 
fessional writing, literature - and 
now, film theory. 

The Curriculum Review Coun- 
cil just approved the new film 
theory concentration, which will 
provide students with the opportu- 
nity to study and analyze aspects of 
classic and contemporary cinema- 


Allen Bauman and Andy 
Crank, two English professors at 
NSU, conceived the idea of a con- 
centration, as well as a Classic and 
Unseen Cinema series that will be 
open to the public. 

Both professors teach a few 
film classes already and will be of- 
fering more courses next semester. 

"We've been talking about this 
for a long time," Bauman said. 

They, along with others in the 
English department, taught spo- 

radic film courses but did not have 
a film studies program, though 
many other universities in the state 
do, Crank said. 

Crank said some students 
tend to look at film as something 
that "just washes over them." They 
don't analyze or digest it, and that's 
something Crank and Bauman both 
want to change. 

"It's all about getting them to 
think analytically about film, so 
they're not just consumers of pop 
culture and consumers of film, but 
they're analytical thinkers about 
film," Crank said. 

The professors are adding 
screening equipment - new seat- 
ing, a large flat screen TV, DVD 
player and surround sound - to a 
room in Kyser Hall that they'll use 
for classes next semester. 

Some students are already tak- 
ing their film theory studies outside 
the classroom. 

Roxie James, an instructor for 
the English department, and Eng- 
lish major Katie Magana are sub- 
mitting a paper to a pop culture 
conference on connections be- 
tween the novel "Dracula" and the 
movie "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," 
Bauman said. 

Crank and Bauman are orga- 
nizing a film library that will help 
them keep track of all the mov- 
ies they'll show students in class. 
Among Bauman's films of choice 
are "Blade Runner," "Vertigo" and 
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre." 

Crank explained that even for 
scholars, these popular films are 
definitely worth watching. 

"Sometimes people will look 
at 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' or 
'Halloween' or something and say, 
'Why are we studying this in an 
analytical way? There's nothing 
analytical about 'Halloween," but 
actually when you look at it there 
is a structure," Crank said. "And the 
way that it unfolds is within a larger 

film history and a larger theory and 
a larger paradigm, and if you start 
thinking analytically about that, I 
think that's important. I think that's 
an important tool for you to have." 

Bauman said "Texas Chain- 
saw Massacre" marks a transi- 
tion - moving from classic horror 
films like "Frankenstein" to the '80s 
slasher horror film genre. He en- 
courages his students to watch the 
way the camerawork and lighting 
help to highlight characters' emo- 

Crank said his film theory class 
might watch "The Big Lebowski" 
when discussing how the narrator 
functions in film. 

Bauman and Crank both said 
they love film and have been teach- 
ing film theory courses for years. 
These professors' interesting per- 
spectives may provide cues for a 
film department at NSU. 

The film theory concentration 
will not offer classes that teach stu- 
dents how to use professional cam- 
eras or make films of their own, 
though Crank said such courses 
may eventually become part of the 

Bauman and Crank both at- 
tended undergraduate and gradu- 
ate schools offering film study 
programs and foreign film clubs. 
Crank said he would like to start 
up a similar organization at NSU to 
supplement the concentration. 

In Crank's film theory class, 
students watch "Donnie Darko," 
"Election" and "Y Tu Mama Tam- 
bien" and analyze them according 
to time period and context. 

"Ideally, students that graduate 
with this concentration, when they 
see a film, should be able to place 
it within an appropriate culture, 
within an appropriate time period," 
Crank said. 

Crank serves as director of un- 
dergraduate studies, while Bauman 
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It's the end 
of the semes- 
ter, and my last 
chance to say 
goodbye to the 
seniors who may 
never read my 

ramblings again. So, I want to part 
on a good note, darlin! 
This is it. 

Finals have started for you, and 
pretty soon you'll be walking down 
that magical path to accept your di- 

Once you leave the gradua- 
tion ceremony, it is customary for 
Life to grab a big, heavy bag of Real 
World and beat you with it... and 
if you thought I was referring to 
the MTV show, you're wrong and 
should be ashamed of yourself. 

The real world is, according to 
legend, a scary place. 

Apparently, you can't hide 
away in your house or apartment 
and wait for the day to pass you by. 
Employers frown on that. 

What are you going to do out 
there in this uncharted territory? 
Do you save lives with medicine? 
Do you teach the youth coming up 
in the world? Do you stop a mad- 
man from committing heinous 

You're going to get married, 
and, God help us, some of you are 
going to reproduce. 

While I don't encourage this 
because I know a few of you, I sup- 
pose I can't spend my life trying to 
clean up the gene pool. 

And, let's face it, with the likes 
of Paris Hilton, we're screwed any- 
way (pun not intended). 

The world is a scary place right 
now. I guess it always is, but right 
now, we're facing a lot of challeng- 

There's a global economic cri- 
sis the likes of which we've never 
seen, people who want to see us as 
a nation completely and totally de- 
stroyed and MySpace. 

There's no way we're coming 
out of this unscathed. 

All kidding aside, you've got 
to lead the way to a better future. 
Some of you elected Barack Obama 
to be your leader, some of you 

Regardless, the man is tak- 
ing on these challenges, and while 
we're not all presidents, we need to 
give the man our support. 

I'm just a junior, and I'm pretty 
sure I got a good year and a half to 
two years ahead of me. 

I can't do much but write about 
what's going on. It's up to you to 
take it on as you head out there into 
the wilderness. 

Goodbye, little darling and a 
merry Christmas to you all. Con- 
gratulations on reaching the next 
plateau of life. 

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Relationships and commit- 
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marriages end in divorce, accord- 
ing to, the chances 
of dying while skydiving are one in 
250,000 to 500,000 jumps, accord- 
ing to "How to Skydive for the First 

So, why take the chance of en- 
tering a relationship? 

There is no such thing as a sure 

Everything in life consists of 
risks and consequences. But some- 
times when you take the right 
chances, the right risks, the rewards 
exceed any consequence. 

There is excitement in doing 
what terrifies you. There is a little 
jolt of glee the first time he asks to 
hold your hand. A tingle goes down 
your spine as you enjoy the guilty 
pleasure of the first kiss. There are 
no words to describe the excite- 
ment each time his ringtone fills 
the room. 

But before the simplicities of 
a relationship can tickle the heart, 
the heart first needs to be open to 
the possibilities. 

No one wants to be alone, and 
everyone strives to find that one 
person to share a lifetime with. 

"I think we're always looking 
for that boy or that girl, just some- 
times it might not be a top priority," 
Colby Bizette, senior social work 
major, said. 

Education is essential. You live 
and you learn, and then you try 

Some see college as the pos- 
sibility to find their true love, but 
others choose to put their love li- 
ives on hold and concentrate on 

"Everybody comes to college 
to pursue a career," Carlos Ortiz IV, 
senior music performance major, 
said. "If I get in a serious relation- 

ship, then not only will I be inter- 
fering with their goals and dreams, 
I will also be messing with mine. I 
don't want to stop or change a per- 
son's goals, because I know that I 
wouldn't want them to do that to 

But despite the fear of commit- 
ment, students still search for the 
proverbial fish in the sea. 

"I want to be able to support 
a family by me having a good job 
and a nice house before I start one," 
Ortiz said. "I think that us humans 
were put on this earth to love." 

Despite its small appearance, 
love is one of the biggest words in 
the dictionary. It holds the power 
to change lives and move hearts. 

"■Love is the greatest expression 

that separates us from the other an- 
imals," Ortiz said. 

It spreads like wildfire, but just 
like fire it holds the potential to do 
great harm. 

So many people strive to find 
their perfect mate, but in the search 
they lose the true meaning of love, 
romance and lust. 

From birth, people are taught 
to love their neighbor and never say 
they hate anyone. It is this lack of 
logic that has to do with the growth 
of the divorce rate. 

There is a spectrum of emo- 
tions, and love and hate are on op- 
posite ends. As people grow and 
develop, they are able to slowly 
hold the capacity to both love and 
hate to some extent. 

It is in understanding the abil- 
ity to hate that people have the abil- 
ity to love. People need to be able 
to love and hate to the same extent, 
regardless if they choose not to ex- 
press the emotion. 

Because of this lack of under- 
standing of the word, it is misused 
and tossed around and often re- 
sults in broken hearts and failed 
marriages. There is no doubt our 
newlyweds found true love. 

As I impatiently anticipate my 
skydiving experience, I lack the as- 
surance the chute will open, but I 
have faith that with the aid of the 
instructor I will return safely to the 

In a world filled with risks and 
chances, it is easy to stay on the 
ground and veer from any potential 

But the thrill of the adrenaline 
rush makes strapping on the para- 
chute or zipping up the wedding 
dress worth any consequence that 
might accompany the risk. 

Life should be filled with hap- 
piness, and people should never re- 
gret anything that once made them 
smile. But first, people have to be 
willing to take the leap. 


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Michael Silver 

Editor in Chief 

Ad/Operations Manager 

Kelli Fontenot 

Kevin Clarkston 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Features Reporter 

David Royal 

Amanda Crane 

News Editor 

Staff Reporter 

Joe Cunningham 

Tiffany Thomas 

Opinions Editor 

Freshman Scholar 

Fletcher Jonson 

Jarrett Reeves 

Sports Co-Editor 

Student Media Adviser 

Haven Barnes 

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Layout Editor 

Web Editor 

Andy Bullard 

Asya Mitchem 

Sports Co-Editor 

Staff Reporter 

Office Phone 

'Tis not the season for tragedy 

Richelle Stephens 

Guest Columnist 

I once told 
myself that I 
would never go 
shopping on the 
day after Thanks- 
giving. But this 
year, I did. 

Note to self: 
don't ever do that again. 

I have yet to figure out what ex- 
actly compelled my mother to drag 
me out of bed at four in the morn- 
ing, but I soon found myself among 
a throng of bargain hunters at a 
Dallas mall scratching and scrap- 
ing through the mass of bodies so 
that they may procure the perfect 
Christmas present for someone 
on their shopping list at the lowest 
price possible. 

There is a Best Buy on the way 
to my father's house, and every 
Thanksgiving when I make that 
trek to the droll upper middle class 
neighborhood in which he lives, I 
can spot at least 10 people camped 
out by the front door in feeble 
plastic tents, shivering in antici- 
pation (and from the cold as well) 
for marked-down flatscreen tele- 

visions, Wii video games and $99 
TomTom GPS devices. 

People storm toy stores so that 
they may grab the "hot" toy of the 
season for their spoiled children. 
Typically docile mothers engage 
in sparring matches with other do- 
mesticated mothers for something 
that may be relegated to the bottom 
of the toy chest by March. People 
become like ravenous wolves 
prowling for fresh meat. 

Christmas is no longer a reli- 
gious holiday. 

It's a corporate holiday where 
executives worship the almighty 
and (these days) elusive dollar. 
And, to be frank, the "spirit of the 
season" is quick to turn sour once 
properly provoked. 

And, unfortunately, people 
died this time around just so shop- 
pers could save a few bucks. 

In New York, a temporary 
Wal-Mart employee was trampled 
to death as hundreds stormed the 
store's doors upon its opening. 
When it was announced that the 
store would be closing because of 
the death, some customers com- 
plained that they had been in line 
since the day before and continued 
to shop. 

In California, two men shot 
and killed each other after a fight 
broke out at a Toys 'R' Us. A 13- 
year-old who was interviewed at 
the scene couldn't believe people 
could die at a toy store. 

It was ridiculous when people 
were waiting for hours in line so 
that they could push and shove 
their way toward their intended 
purchases, but when it becomes a 
life and death situation, then it gets 
entirely out of hand. 

It is understandable that times 
are tough, but our society needs to 
wake up. Since when is it all right 
to kill someone for something so 
transient as a TV or a DVD player? 
Those things come and go as all ma- 
terial possessions do. A human life, 
more precious than what a dollar 
value could offer, is irreplaceable. 

The holiday season should be 
one of reflection, not of careless 
disregard for other human beings. 
These unnecessary deaths come 
at a time when people should be 
thinking about what should matter 
most, and that is the fact that we are 
fortunate to be alive and free. I only 
hope that those directly respon- 
sible for the three deaths on "Black 
Friday" realize this some day. 

SGA president backs controversial budgeting bill 

Cody Bourque 

SGA President 

In the 
Nov. 19 issue 
of the Current 
Sauce, David 
Royal reported 
on our vote to 
lower our exec- 
utive scholarships to a set amount 
in order to save money and lock in 
a set amount in order to stabilize 
our fluctuating budget. 

More importantly, we made 
this decision to give back more to 
the students through the Student 

Government Association. 

This move is one my admin- 
istration strongly supports (as 
strongly as you can possibly sup- 
port giving away money as a college 
student) and the idea of a reduction 
of scholarships has been thrown 
around most recently under the 
organization's former adviser, Jeff 

Before I get any further, I want- 
ed to say a little about my personal 
financial situation. I receive a Pell 
Grant and a S500 band scholar- 
ship aside from my full scholarship 
provided by the student body. In 
the previous two years, I would not 

have made it through school finan- 
cially if it wasn't for the help of my 

Under the proposed plan, I will 
be getting a $3,000 salary each se- 
mester on top of a tuition waiver 
from the Board of Regents. Sure, 
it's a significant cut from the $5,085 
I received this semester, but that is 
still enough money for me to live 
comfortably so I would not have to 
take a job at Subway. 

Just like the debate over the 
bill in the Senate, there have been 
many opinions in support and op- 
position of the salary structure. 

Opponents of the bill believe 

that the current structure is justi- 
fied because the executives earn 
their scholarship, which is very 
true. (I am required 12 office hours 
a week, but every member of the 
Senate can attest that I spend well 
over that required amount in the 
office and out working for the stu- 
dent body). 

It's a valid point, but anyone 
who steps up into these positions 
should believe that service goes 
hand-in-hand with sacrifice. That 
is what we're trying to do, sacrifice 
the money our fellow students gra- 
ciously give us and give it back to 
try to better enhance our services 

(like expanding scantron giveaways, 
for example) as an organization. 

When I bring the bill to Presi- 
dent Webb this week for his ap- 
proval, I will present both sides 
of the argument and stress to him 
that this piece of legislation marks 
a turning point for student govern- 
ment at NSU. SGA can either pro- 
vide more services with an increase 
of funds to the general budget or 
define the organization as strictly a 
governing body with few to no ser- 
vices or events. 

SGA already oversees essential 
budgets for the student body along 
with the influence, however big or 

small it may be at times, that comes 
along with the representation, so 
exclusively focusing on governing 
is not a tremendous loss since it is 
what we already do. 

Whatever the outcome for this 
spring semester; whether I receive 
c ull scholarship or a salary, please 
know that we are working as hard 
as we possibly can for Demonland. 

You are the reason we are here, 
not for scholarship money. 

Always know that no matter 
what amount SGA executives are 
awarded, we are held responsible 
by you, and it's up to you to use 
your strong influence. 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Bullard 
Sports Co-Editors 
December 3, 2008 

NSU brings home 
coveted trophy 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

With slim hopes of still winning 
the conference, the NSU Demons 
did their part by bringing home 
the largest trophy in all of college 
football, Chief Caddo, home for 
the second straight year with a win 
against archrival Stephen F. Austin, 

The defense played extreme- 
ly well, allowing only 241 pass- 
ing yards and only 24 points. The 
Lumberjacks entered this game as 
the nation's second-best passing 
offense, averaging 355 yards per 
game, and they also ranked 11th in 
the nation as far as scoring offenses 
go with 36 points per game. 

Not only did the defense stop 
one of the best offenses in the na- 
tion, but they also forced five turn- 
overs, which is a lot by itself, but 
more impressive since the "Purple 
Swarm" defense has forced only 15 
turnovers all season entering the 

Safety Gary Riggs started the 
interception party merely 89 sec- 
onds into the game when he picked 
off quarterback Jeremy Moses and 
returned it 39 yards for the first 
score of the game for the Demons. 
Defensive back Wesley Eckles also 
joined in the pick party with a pair 
of interceptions and a team high 
eight tackles. 

Senior linebacker Mack Damp- 
ier was able to grab his first career 
interception in his last game of his 
career. Dampier also added five 

The fifth and final turnover 
for the Demons defense came late 
in the second half as end Ledell 
Love recovered a fumble to give the 
"Purple Swarm" defense five turn- 
overs on the game. 

"Our coaches had a great plan, 
and we executed it to perfection," 
Dampier said. 

The offense was not to be out- 
done by the defense. The Demon 
offense surpassed a school record 
in passing yards as a team, compil- 
ing 368 yards through the air. 
Quarterback John Hundley was 29 
of 44 for 294 yards. Wide receiver 
Calvin Stoker III also got in on 
the passing parade with a 74-yard 
touchdown pass to wide receiver 
Dudley Guice Jr. Guice was on the 
verge of breaking some school re- 
cords of his own 

His 11 receptions put him in 
third place on the single-game re- 
ceptions list, and his 190 yards was 
good enough for sixth place on the 
schools all time game-high list. 

The ground game also added 
121 yards to the Demons' season 
best 4»9 yards of total offense. 

Hundley led the way on the 
ground as well with 42 yards on 12 
carries and a score. 

Running back Sterling Ends- 
ley also added eight carries for 33 
yards and a touchdown. 

NSU rushing leader Byron 
Lawrence had 27 yards on 11 car- 
ries and finishes his Demon career 
second on the NSU all-time rush- 
ing list with a total of 3,316 rushing 
yards, including 1,118 this football 

"For these seniors, the five-year 
guys, that's keeping the Chief four 
years out of five. That's huge," head 
coach Scott Stoker told Sports In- 
formation. "That's upholding tradi- 
tion. This team deserved to have a 
winning record and a winning con- 
ference record. As it turned out, we 
were one play away from playing in 
the playoffs." 

The "one play away" Stoker was 
alluding to was the Texas State 43- 
40 victory in overtime over the Sam 
Houston State Bearkats. 

Had the Bearkats pulled out 
the win and McNeese lose like they 
did to University of Central Arkan- 
sas, then the NSU Demons would 
have seen playoff action for the first 
time in four seasons. The Demons 
end their season with a 7-5 overall 
record and 4-3 record in the South- 
land Conference. 

The Demons may not have 
made the playoffs, but they do have 
the satisfaction of bringing home 
Chief Caddo for yet another sea- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon The Current Sauce 

Players gather around Chief Caddo after a 34-24 victory over the SFA Lumberjacks. 

Era ends for Demon football 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

On Nov. 25, just two days be- 
fore Thanksgiving Day, Demon 
head football coach Scott Stoker 
was told that his contract would not 
be renewed for an eighth season by 
the NSU athletic department. 

Stoker finished seven years as 
the head football coach at NSU, his 
alma mater, with a 43-38 overall 
record, including two trips to the 
playoffs in 2002 and 2004. 

He finished his NSU career 
with a 21-21 record in the South- 
land Conference, a 2-11 mark 
against the football bowl subdivi- 
sion (formally 1-A), a 33-27 record 
against the football championship 
subdivision (formally 1-AA), and a 
8-0 mark against Division II oppo- 

He also finished his coaching 
tenure here at NSU with one SLC 
Championship in 2004. 

"What does not make this any 

easier is the fact that Scott is an 
NSU alumnus and former Demon 
player. He bleeds purple," Athletic 
Director Greg Burke told Sports 

"At the same time, as we went 
through the evaluation process 
over the past few weeks and days, 
I had to keep my focus on the fu- 
ture of the program," Burke added. 
"That's not easy when you're talk- 
ing about an individual whom you 
have known and respected for over 
20 years." 

Stoker also is a member of the 
Graduate N Club Hall of Fame, 
the highest honor for athletes and 
coaches here at NSU, for his stellar 
play as the quarterback for the De- 
mons from 1986-1989. 

His time as a player included 
the very first SLC Championship 
for NSU in 1988, his junior season. 

"Nobody loves Northwest- 
ern more than I do," Stoker said in 
his press conference Wednesday. 
"What happened Tuesday doesn't 

change that. My feelings are hurt, 
but I still bleed purple, and I will 
be pulling for the Demons. There 
are a lot of great people involved. 
The coaches in other sports work 
so hard. It was a privilege to work 
with so many of them. I'm sorry it 
didn't work out." 

Stoker did finish his career on 
a high note by defeating archrival 
Stephen F. Austin University two 
years in a row, bringing Chief Cad- 
do back to NSU for back-to-back 

He also finished the season 
with a 7-5 record overall and 4-3 in 
SLC play, finishing in second place 
in the Southland Conference. 

"They set the bar very high if 
7-5 and second place in the league 
isn't good enough to keep moving 
forward," Stoker said in his press 
conference Wednesday. 

Stoker was not available for 
comments after his press confer- 
ence, but as of now his plans for 
after NSU are unknown. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon The Current Sauce 

Michael McConathy (14) dives for the ball in an 87-65 win over East Texas Baptist University. 

Demons find solace at home 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Demons entered Thanks- 
giving week with a lot to be thank- 
ful for, coming off a 22-point win 
over East Texas Baptist University 
in the home opener. 

NSU opened play in the LSU- 
Invitational the Friday before 
Thanksgiving with a win over the 
Centenary Gents, 69-66. Junior 
point guard Michael McConathy 
paved the way for the Demons, 
scoring a career-high 17 points on 
5-9 shooting. McConathy drained 
four 3-pointers on five attempts. 
He also added four assists and a 
steal. Sophomore guard Dominic 
Knight was the only other Demon 
scoring in double figures, netting 
15 in only 23 minutes of action. He 
shot 6-8 from the field and grabbed 
five boards. 

"I'm tickled to death that we 
have guys step up coming from 
different angles," head coach Mike 
McConathy said. "I mean Dominic 
Knight had a great game, reminis- 
cent of last year against Sam Hous- 
ton where he had that kind of game 
where he got inside and got some 6 
-to 8-foot bank shots." 

Freshman center William 
Mosley cleaned the glass for the 
Demons, grabbing 10 rebounds, 
the only Demon in double figures 
in that category. Eleven players 

saw playing time, as the Demons 
notched the second win of the sea- 

"We do have depth, but the 
depth is only good if everybody 
that is on the side and that is on the 
floor bought in to what we're do- 
ing," McConathy said. "I'm trying 
real hard to get them to understand 
it's about everybody else, it's not 
about an individual person." 

NSU found that to be much 
more difficult with its next test, 
battling the LSU Tigers in the Pete 
Maravich Assembly Center. Before 
the contest, LSU had won 67 con- 
secutive games versus Louisiana 
schools. The streak started on Dec. 
8, 1988. 

LSU dominated NSU in the 
first half, 48-19, putting the game 
out of reach early. The loss moved 
the Demons to 2-2. LSU extended 
the streak to 68 games, with a 91- 
60 win over the Demons, and add- 
ed another win to the streak with 
a six-point win over Centenary five 
days later. 

Thirteen players scored for the 
Demons, none of whom scored in 
double figures. LSU's senior guard 
Marcus Thornton led all scorers 
with 25, while teammate Bo Spen- 
cer was the only other player with 
double-digit scoring with 10. 

NSU continued play in the in- 
vitational the day after Thanksgiv- 
ing with a 77-65 win over Alcorn 

State. The win marked head coach 
Mike McConathy's 500th career 

Junior guard Damon Jones 
scored a team- high 21 points in 
only 18 minutes. Sophomore for- 
ward Devin White and freshman 
center Mosley added 15 each, while 
White recorded a double-double 
with 12 rebounds. NSU improved 
its record to 3-2 entering the final 
game of the invitational against 
Troy University. 

The Demons surrendered 100 
points to the Trojans in the De- 
mons' third loss of the season, 100- 

Coming off its worst defen- 
sive performance of the season, 
NSU entered Prather Coliseum in 
a rematch with Centenary. After 
a very competitive win over the 
Gents, Centenary was looking for 

Senior guard Keithan Hancock 
led the way for the Demons in scor- 
ing with 22, while four other play- 
ers hit the double figure plateau. 

The hoop squad blew a five 
point lead with just 16 seconds re- 
maining as the Gents forced over- 
time, tied at 73. Clutch free throw 
shooting notched the win for the 
Demons, as NSU outscored the 
Gents 17-11 in overtime, putting 
the final score 90-84. NSU shot a 
perfect 12-12 from the free throw 
line in overtime. 

No place like home for Lady Demons 

Fletcher / mson 

Sports Co-Editor 

It has been a season of incon- 
sistency for the Lady Demons so 
far, having alternated wins and 
losses in the first four games of the 
year. NSU opened the season on 
the road Nov. 14 with a 20-point 
loss to San Diego State. 

Four days later, the Lady De- 
mons opened the home season 
with a 66-53 win over the Southern 

Four players scored in double 
figures, as sophomore guard Jessica 
McPhail and junior guard Lyndzee 
Greene led the team with 14 points 
apiece. Sophomore guard Brooke 
Shepherd and freshman forward 
Britany Kinlaw pitched in with 10 

NSU struggled from the field, 
shooting 34.8 percent, so they relied 
on their defensive strengths, hold- 
ing Southern University to only 25 
percent shooting for the game. The 

Lady Demons also struggled from 
the free throw line, knocking down 
only 15 of 28. 

Head coach Jennifer Graf said 
the percentages for both teams are 
lacking, but she is more upset by 
the free throw percentage. 

"Both teams were in the bonus 
very early in the second half. Ob- 
viously if you're us, you want to be 
put in the bonus, and we don't want 
to be putting teams in the bonus 
with 12 minutes to go in the second 
half," Graf said. "This game could 
have been put away a long time ago, 
but we just let them keep hanging 

The Lady Demons finally put 
Southern away, earning win No. 1 
for the season. The Mississippi State 
Bulldogs were next for NSU, but 
the road continued to be a hazard. 
NSU came home from Starkville 
with a 99-75 loss. 

The Lady Demons are now 0-2 
on the road. Shepherd led the Lady 
Demons with 20 points, knocking 

down four 3-pointers in the con- 
test. Freshman point guard Dem- 
etria White added 17 for NSU. Ju- 
nior forward Sherrion Thomas and 
McPhail chipped in for 11 and 10, 

Despite the winless road re- 
cord, the Lady Demons remained 
unbeaten at home after a 10-point 
victory over Southern Arkansas 
University Saturday night. The 
Lady Demons had five players 
score in double figures. Junior cen- 
ter Courtney Shead led the Lady 
Demons with 17. Kinlaw scored 
12, while White, Shepherd and 
McPhail all had 10. 

The Lady Demons continued 
its winning ways at home with a 
57-50 victory over the Ladies from 
Centenary Monday night. 

White led NSU with a team 
high in points and assists with 15 
and five, respectively. She also 
added six rebounds. Kinlaw led the 
team in rebounds with 16 and con- 
tributed nine points to the score. 


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Boozman dormitory gets demolished 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

As the semester begins, workers 
are finishing the demolition process 
of Boozman Hall, located on Central 

The co-ed dorm, which gave 
precedence to students of the Louisi- 
ana Scholars' College, is one of many 
residence halls that are being torn 
down because of its aging and out- 
dated structure. 

Marcus Jones, Vice President for 
University Affairs, said the universi- 
ty is doing away with the dorms on 
campus and moving to third-party 
housing in order to keep up with 
other universities and to cut back on 
the cost that comes with maintaining 
older structures. 

"[We would like to] provide a 
new, nicer environment for the stu- 
dents to attract quality students and 
to remain competitive," Jones said. 

The demolition cost approxi- 
mately $98,000 as opposed to the 
$8-12 million it would cost to reno- 
vate the building, physical plant di- 
rector Chuck Bourg said. 

"We try to do a campus assess- 
ment of some of the buildings we 
have and determine whether it's 
worth spending the state's money to 
renovate them or if it would be better 

Photo by Sarah Cramer/The Current Sauce 

The construction team works toward cleaning up the Boozman Hall demolition site. 

to tear them down and build a brand 
new one in its place," Bourg said. 

Elisha Ibanga, sophomore 
chemistry major, lived in Boozman 
in fall 2007. 

Like many other of its former 

residents, he faced poor living con- 

"It was like a prison," Ibanga 
said. "The walls were gross, the floor 
was gross, everything was gross." 

University officials feel it is in 

the students' best interest to tear 
Boozman Hall down, yet not all of 
the dormitory's former residents 

"I think it's stupid that they're 
tearing down all the dorms to make 

more expensive living arrangements," 
Cassie Cannon, senior history major, 

Cannon, who lived in the dor- 
mitory during her first semester at 
NSU, did not face much damage. 

"There was no tile on the bath- 
room floor, but other than that, ev- 
erything was fine," Cannon said. 

The project was contracted to 
Regional Construction, who began 
demolition the week prior to the end 
of fall semester and is now bringing 
the process to a close. 

"The bulk of the structure has 
been torn down," Jones said. "They're 
now just cleaning up debris." 

Though the majority of the proj- 
ect is finished, the school has made 
no final decision as to what is going 
to happen with the property. How- 
ever, some ideas have been tossed 

"We placed it on our five-year 
plan to have an academic support 
structure built [where Health Ser- 
vices is now] and a wing built in the 
same vicinity where Boozman was," 
Jones said. 

Jones added that such a proj- 
ect would have to be approved by 
the state, which could take up to 10 

Until then, the property will re- 
main a green space. 

Council meeting reveals budget cuts 

David Royal 

News Editor 

NSU and the Student Govern- 
ment Association hosted the most 
recent session of the Council of Stu- 
dent Body Presidents (COSBP) on 
Dec. Band 14. 

According to SGA sponsor 
Yonna Pasch, about 60 students from 
universities and colleges across the 
state attended the public meeting. 
Schools in attendance included Mc- 
Neese State University, Louisiana 
State University and six community 

COSBP, which is formed 
through the Louisiana Board of Re- 
gents, comprises the state's collegiate 
student body presidents and serves 
as an opportunity for important is- 
sues of students and faculty to be ad- 

In this session, the Board of Re- 
gents and student body presidents 
discussed several topics including 
possibly eliminating the sales tax on 
textbooks for college students, estab- 
lishing a more effective university- 
wide emergency plan and effective 
recruitment plans present at the dif- 
ferent universities and colleges. 

The primary issue addressed, 
however, was the budget cuts the ed- 
ucation systems are receiving, SGA 
president Cody Bourque said. 

At the beginning of COSBP, the 
Board of Regents expected to make a 
$121 million cut for all higher educa- 
tion, Bourque said. 

This would have amounted to 
roughly a $3.6 million cut for NSU. 

As a result of actions taken by 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

SGA president Cody Bourque addresses the organization in its weekly meeting concerning the changes that will be made due to bud- 
get cuts. NSU is expected to receive a cut of $2.1 million as part of a recent statewide budget cut. 

Gov. Bobby Jindal, however, the 
Board of Regents told attendees at 
COSBP that the cuts had been re- 
duced, Bourque said. NSU will now 
be receiving a cut of about $2.1 mil- 

Although he said he does not 
fully understand the situation him- 
self, Bourque said the cuts are par- 
tially due to the drop in oil prices, 
which has decreased the amount of 

profit the state receives from the tax 
on oil. 

Bourque said NSU's deferred 
maintenance plan will take the big- 
gest hit from this cut. 

Regardless of the negative news 
he and the other presidents received 
at COSBP, Bourque said the meeting 
was still extremely productive and 

"You could tell everyone had a 

good time, and it really brought a lot 
of praise to the university," Bourque 

Pasch agreed and said the event 
as a whole was a success. 

"The members of COSBP were 
very pleased and appreciative of our 
student government's work," Pasch 

The students who attended 
COSBP were brought to Front Street 

to see the Christmas light show and 
enjoy the city's firework display, Pas- 
ch said. 

Pasch said it was an honor to 
host such an important event at NSU 
and said she hopes to have more 
chances like COSBP meeting to show 
off what the university has to offer. 

Bourque agreed by saying, "We 
put on a great show for those who at- 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/ 
The Current Sauce 

NSU announced its 13th 
head coach at a press confer- 
ence Dec. 22. 

Bradley Dale Peveto was 
named the Demon football 
head coach after a month- 
long search. 

Peveto coached the Demon 
football team as defensive 
coordinator in the 1990s. 

To see the full story, check 
out p. 6. 


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News Editor 
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Sodexo reschedules completion date for new dining location 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The reopening of Grill 155° 
in its new location is anticipated to 
take place by Feb. 1, Sodexos general 
manager, Charles Lear, said. 

Sodexo retail manager Vance 
Howe said the renovation project, 
which is taking place in the previous 
location of Chick-fil-A, was origi- 
nally projected to be completed by 
the end of September. However, due 
to problems with leaking and plumb- 
ing, the completion date has been 
pushed back more than once. 

Howe said the leaking problem 
was discovered last semester, and he 
initially thought the renovation team 
working on the project - Pat Wil- 
liams Construction - could alleviate 
the problem relatively quickly. 

After work began on the plumb- 
ing, however, Howe said the crew 
from Pat Williams Construction 
discovered that it would take longer 
than expected to find a solution. 

Jim Nelson, who works on the 
project for Pat Williams Construc- 
tion, explained that part of the work 
he and his crew had to do consisted 
of tearing out the interior walls that 
lined the concrete wall foundation, 
waterproofing the concrete wall and 
sealing the brick work of the exterior 

walls and windows. 

"We needed to do a lot more 
construction than what we deemed 
possible," Howe said. 

Howe said all of this work to 
correct the plumbing problem lasted 
essentially the entire fall semester. 

Lear justified this by saying that 
Sodexo is committed to ensuring that 
its dining facilities are up to code and 
pleasing to customers. 

"You have to do it correctly," 
Lear said. "To do it right, it some- 
times takes longer than expected." 

Howe explained that since solv- 
ing the plumbing problem, the reno- 
vation crew has made a great deal 
of progress and the project is near 

Howe said new flooring tile has 
been placed, the fountain drink ma- 
chine has been installed and the orig- 
inal sub-pump has been removed to 
eliminate flooding. 

"It's like & completely new build- 
ing," Howe said. 

Howe said the only aspect re- 
maining in the renovation project is 
the installation of some equipment. 

"All that's left is just some last 
minute stuff?' Howe said. 

Lear said if everything works 
out as planned, he hopes to have 
some sort of Super Bowl party in the 
new Grill 155° after it opens. 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

The construction crew takes measurements in the now abandoned dining area in the Friedman 
Student Union to complete the renovation project before the anticipated February deadline. 

NSU welcomes 'Columns Classic' competitors 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The NSU speech and debate 
team will be hosting a tournament 
for high school debate teams located 
across the state on Jan. 23 and 24. 

The annual tournament will 
be the second to be hosted by NSU 
since around the 1980s, Paul Shelton, 
president of the NSU speech and de- 
bate team, said. 

The tournament, the "Columns 
Classic," is expected to be held in 
Kyser Hall and will consist of 10 

Shelton said the 10 events will 
be broken down into both acting and 
speaking events, which will allow 
more options for the competing high 
school students. 

John Croghan, an assistant pro- 
fessor at NSU and a coach for the 
speech and debate team, explained 

that speaking events involve the tra- 
ditional platform speech or debate to 
which most people are accustomed. 

The acting events, on the other 
hand, require that participants theat- 
rically perform pieces of literature or 

Last year, 12 schools within 
the Louisiana High School Speech 
League (LHSSL) competed at the 
NSU tournament, and Shelton said 
he and his team expect this year's at- 
tendance to be about the same. 

The majority of the high schools 
that will be in attendance will be 
from northwest Louisiana; however, 
Shelton said one or two schools from 
south Louisiana did attend last year. 

Thus far, the largest problem 
NSU's speech and debate team has 
faced while coordinating the Col- 
umns Classic is finding enough judg- 
es for all the events, Shelton said. 

As a result, Shelton said the team 

is welcoming NSU students and fac- 
ulty to fill the position of judges. 

Shelton explained that there 
are two primary benefits for NSU's 
speech and debate team to hold the 
Columns Classic. 

First, the competition provides 
an additional venue for high school 
speech and debate teams in the 
LHSSL to compete. 

Shelton said when he was in high 
school and competed in the LHSSL, 
there was only one university that 
hosted a competition - Louisiana 
State University. 

Now that NSU holds the Col- 
umns Classic, Shelton said high 
school students will have another 
opportunity to show off their talents 
and do what they enjoy. 

The second benefit from the 
Columns Classic is that high school 
students will become more recog- 
nized with NSU's campus and speech 

and debate team, Shelton said. 

"This competition helps attract 
people to the university and the 
sport," Shelton said. 

Shelton explained that NSU is 
among only two other universities - 
the University of Louisiana at Lafay- 
ette and LSU - to be in the LHSSL 
as host schools, which serves as an 
effective recruiting tool. 

Croghan said he agrees with 

"If it's a fun tournament, people 
tend to remember this university 
and want to come back in the fu- 
ture, whether it be for speech and 
debate or just simply an education," 
Croghan said. 

Additionally, Shelton expressed 
the desire to possibly have a summer 
debate camp for high school stu- 
dents. He said, however, the summer 
camp will not be possible in the near 
future unless the team's numbers in- 


This semester, the NSU speech 
and debate team will be competing 
in six tournaments at universities 
located in both Louisiana and Ar- 
kansas and hopes to continue to find 
the success the team had in the fall 

Shelton said of all the tourna- 
ments this semester, he is looking 
forward to the Tri-State Champion- 
ship the most. 

He said this is because this will 
be the first time in two years that 
NSU will be able to compete in the 
state championship. 

Croghan said he has been 
pleased with his speech and debate 
team's performance thus far as well 
as the work they put into the Col- 
umns Classic. 

"I really have to give them ku- 
dos," Croghan said. "They are truly 
the hardest workers in the state." 

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Natchitoches marches on during winter break 

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Fireworks explode over Cane River Lake during the annual dis- 
play of lights at the Christmas Festival. 

Taylor Graves 

Sauce Reporter 

Pulled by an alligator, a south- 
ern Santa made of Christmas lights 
announces the arrival of the Festival 
of Lights to NSU students, Natchi- 
toches residents and surrounding 


"This town knows how to cel- 
ebrate Christmas," Maegan Morace, 
freshman nutrition major, said. "I 
love the lights. For a month you feel 
like you're living in a magical town." 

On Nov. 22, the Festival of Lights 
began with live entertainment, fire- 

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Randy Collins does push-ups to keep his muscles in shape as a 
part of his New Year's resolution. 

Students reflect on 
New Year's traditions 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Out with the old, in with the 


While partying, drinking, danc- 
ing and singing "Auld Lang Sine," 
people welcomed 2009. 

Around a true southern style 
meal, people feasted on black-eyed 
peas for health. 

Some ate pork, cabbage or her- 
ring for good luck. 

Others put change outside the 
front door for good fortune. 

In the buzz around the table, 
students contemplated their New 
Year's resolutions. 

"What I enjoyed was my close 
family gathering. We had so much 
fun talking about our resolutions that 
we completely missed midnight," ju- 
nior graphic communications major 
Danielle Kenny said. 

Some vowed to lose weight, ex- 
ercise more or save more money. 

"It's easier to lose muscle than to 
gain it. So once you gain it you try 
your hardest to maintain it," senior 
culinary arts major Randy Collins 

Out of the students interviewed, 
most said New Year's Eve is about 

partying and family. 

New Year's Eve, for some, is 
when all of their families come to- 
gether and hang out. 

"I really enjoyed being around 
my family for New Year's, it's a tradi- 
tion that I truly love," junior English 
education major Christa McAlpin 

Others felt as though the resolu- 
tion part is just hype, a fallacy. 

"If I can think of one I do, but it's 
really not something I dwell on. You 
have to have the willpower, if you 
don't, it's pointless," Jesse Bruce, se- 
nior business administration major, 

Like Bruce, senior psychology 
major Gretchun Beverly said that 
while she strives to be more orga- 
nized, New Year's resolutions are not 
a top priority. 

"I don't make them because I 
break them; they're a waste of time. If 
a person is really dedicated in keep- 
ing it I believe it is a goal to set, but 
if not, it's a waste of time," Beverly 

Whether it's watching the ball 
drop in New York, partying with 
your friends or goofing off with your 
family, New Year's is everyone's per- 
sonal tradition. 

works and a lighting ceremony. 

Three hundred thousand lights 
and 40 set pieces were lit. 

This event led the way to week- 
ends full of events, food, fireworks 
and fun. 

The Christmas Festival brings 
more tourists and money to Natchi- 
toches than any other festival. 

NSU was heavily involved in the 
festival. NSU Cheerleaders, Pom Pon 
Line and Demon Dazzlers, along 
with the Spirit of Northwestern De- 
mon Marching Band, performed in 
the Christmas Parade. 

Participants for Lady of the 
Bracelet also rode on a float in the 
parade on Dec. 6. 

NSU organizations helped run 
the festival and used it as an oppor- 
tunity to raise money. 

ROTC members assisted the 
Natchitoches Police in guarding the 
gates surrounding the festival. 

Tau Kappa Epsilon pledges 
sold funnel cakes, hamburgers and 
"bloomin onions" on the riverbank 
to raise money for their chapter. 

"It's a great time to get together 
with everyone and involve ourselves 
with the most important event 
Natchitoches has every year," TKE 
president Steven Morphew, senior 
psychology major, said. 

Weekends after the Christmas 
Festival were filled with festivities 
such as arts and crafts shows, fire- 

works and special Christmas tours at 
Fort St. jean Baptiste, Oakland Plan- 
tation and Magnolia Plantation. 

Fort St. Jean Baptiste displayed 
1 8th century style Christmas decora- 
tions throughout December. 

On Dec. 13 and 20, reenactors 
showed visitors how people celebrat- 
ed Christmas during the 18th cen- 

The staff of the Oakland and 
Magnolia Plantations gave spe- 
cial tours of the main houses and 
grounds, which were adorned with 
Christmas decorations. 

Along with the arts and crafts 
vendors at the Christmas Festival, 
two arts and crafts shows were held 
at the Natchitoches Events Center. 

The Fleur de Lis arts and crafts 
show was Nov. 29 with 65 vendors. 

Each vendor sold handmade 
items such as purses, sandblasted 
glass and cartoon drawings. 

Dec. 13 was the date for the last 
arts and crafts show of the season. 

Each Saturday night, audiences 
were dazzled by the multitude of col- 
ors that filled the sky. 

New Year's Eve, at midnight, was 
the last fireworks display of the sea- 

Although the events and fire- 
works ended New Year's Eve, Natchi- 
toches' streets and Cane River Lake 
stayed lit with Christmas lights until 
Jan. 6. 

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Student stays far from home for holidays 

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During the winter break, ISEP student Miguel Alvarez Martinez spent nine days in New York City, 
which gave him a chance to see Times Square. 

Leigh Guidry 

Editor in Chief 

Many NSU students spent the 
almost four-week winter break back 
in their hometowns, opening Christ- 
mas presents with their families and 
popping firecrackers for New Years 

That wasn't the case for every- 
one, though. 

Twenty-four-year-old English 
major Miguel Alvarez Martinez 
couldn't make it home for the holi- 
days because it wouldn't have taken 
the average three-hour drive to get 

To get to Martinez's hometown 
of Orense, Spain, he would have to 
travel an entire day before making it 
home for Christmas. 

Add on top of that jet lag and 
adjusting to the seven-hour time dif- 
ference, and the result is one hard 
trip, which is exactly why Martinez 
decided to forego the holiday jour- 

Instead, he took a few smaller 
trips to celebrate the holidays and 
occupy his time. 

In place of heading home to 
Spain, Martinez spent his Christmas 
holiday traveling across the United 
States - to New York City, Boston, 
Chicago and Miami. 

He spent nine days in New York 
City and stayed in Harlem, hanging 
out with people he met along the 

He said he enjoyed Harlem and 
the friendly people he met there. 

He said he chose to go to New 
York because "it's a place where ev- 
erybody goes." 

Martinez stayed in hostels in 

each town to keep his costs low. 

He also booked bargain flights 
and tried to find the best deals 
around the holidays. 

Martinez spent four days in Bos- 
ton beginning on Christmas day be- 
cause New York got too expensive. 

He said he has good memories 
of Boston, especially the food. 

His memories of Chicago, how- 
ever, were not so positive. 

He said the hostel in Chicago 
was the worst hostel he had ever 
stayed in because it was "creepy and 
old." Martinez then spent six days in 

Each Christmas, Martinez and 
his five immediate family members 
get together for dinner. 

He called it "an excuse for us to 
be together., and he said his family is 
very close. 

However, he said his family was 
fine with his decision to stay in the 
U.S. over the break. 

Martinez said his family under- 
stands that this is his first time in the 
country, and they want him to make 
the most of his time here and discov- 
er new cities, which is exactly what 
he did. 

All of Martinez's trips taught 
him about United States culture. 

He said it was interesting to hear 
the different dialects in each town, 
especially New York City, and he 
noted the difference in pronuncia- 
tion of New Orleans. 

He said he hears "New Orlins" 
in Louisiana, but the New Yorkers he 
encountered used a long "e" sound in 
the city's name. 

While in New York, he went to 
a Baptist church service that lasted 
about three hours. 

As a Catholic who is used to 40- 
minute Masses, he said he gave up 
after an hour but still really enjoyed 
the experience. 

Martinez is attending NSU 
through the International Student 
Exchange Program (ISEP) and is the 
university's only current ISEP stu- 
dent, but he isn't the only one who is 
a long way from home. 

The 2008 NSU Factbook re- 
corded 49 students enrolled at NSU 
in 2008 who claim a home country 
other than the United States. 

Two NSU students have left 
their home country to study abroad 
through ISEP this year, according to 
Steve Horton, Associate Provost and 
Dean of the Graduate School, who 
coordinates ISEP at NSU 

Martinez chose to come to Loui- 
siana, and NSU accepted him. 

He has attended NSU since Au- 
gust 2008 and is studying English in 
hopes to later teach English back at 
home in Orense, Spain. 

He said he likes Louisiana, but 
he is still reminded that he is not in 

"Everything here is so, so differ- 
ent," Martinez said. 

Martinez graduates in a year but 
not from NSU because he isn't quite 
finished studying abroad. 

He said he is asking around to 
find out how to spend that last year 
of school in the United Kingdom 
or even Poland, which he said has a 
good English linguistic program and 
is an affordable option thanks to a 
European grant program. 

Martinez isn't headed to Poland 
right away, though. 

He said he already has his plane 
ticket to Spain for May. 

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Procrastination typically in- 
volves watching television or playing 
Rock Band instead of doing home- 
work, but some NSU students find 
more productive things to do while 
they put off working on major as- 

Sophomore health and human 
performance major Brittany Gunner 
said she thinks procrastination can 
be positive. 

Gunner said she puts off writing 
papers until the last minute, though 
many teachers give due dates for 
their assignments on the syllabus 
during the first day of class. 

"For me, it's a good thing, be- 
cause when I'm pressured to do 
something, I do it. At the last minute, 
when the pressures on, I'm good at 
it," Gunner said. 

Some students seek the adren- 
aline rush associated with a final 

To achieve that last-chance ex- 
citement, students occasionally work 
on projects for extracurricular orga- 
nizations or academic requirements. 

Whether it's a research paper, a 
graduate school application or even 
just an e-mail, many tasks require 
concentration that people avoid. 

One benefit of being in many 
different college courses at once is 
that there are plenty of other things 

to do while procrastinating. 

Scientific American magazine 
recently reported that 80 to 95 per- 
cent of college students procrastinate 
at least on occasion, and 20 percent 
of adults are habitual procrastinators 
- meaning they put off just about 
everything, including things that 
should be done right away. 

Lou-Anne Williams, who is 
working toward her Master's in heri- 
tage resources at NSU, was one of the 
students who chose not to procrasti- 
nate by showing up at Prather Coli- 
seum on Monday morning for fee 
payment. She described procrastina- 
tion as doing something other than 
what you're supposed to be doing. 

"Let's say you have two weeks 
to do a project and you've procrasti- 
nated for the two weeks, and it's the 
night beforehand. You're like.'Oh, 
shoot. Now I have to do this, what 
am I going to do? m 

When Williams reaches that 
point, it's usually because she is 
working on many assignments at' 
once. Williams works on her proj- 
ects in the order of their due dates. If 
she has two projects due on one day, 
she said she tries to finish the project 
worth the most points first. 

"Usually it's because I'm not 
ready to work on that specific proj- 
ect, and so I've actually gotten to the 
point where I procrastinate by doing 
other class work," she said. 

"I wonder if that would actu- 

ally be considered procrastinating by 
most people." 

According to an article in the 
November issue of Scientific Ameri- 
can, it's not. The article, "Procras- 
tinating Again? How To Kick The 
Habit," states that procrastination in- 
volves delaying work on projects that 
are more consequential than others. 

But Merriam-Webster defines 
the word "procrastinate" as "to put 
off intentionally and habitually" or 
"to put off intentionally the doing of 
something that should be done." 

Studies suggest that people 
procrastinate due to uneasy feel- 
ings about an activity and a desire to 
avoid discomfort. 

People who are indecisive or 
distracted may also procrastinate se- 
verely, putting off things that should 
be handled immediately. 

One psychology study conduct- 
ed in 2006 showed that procrastina- 
tors had higher stress levels than oth- 
ers included in the study. 

Fuschia Sirois, the psychologist 
who conducted the study with 254 
adults, concluded that people who 
put off medical checkups also had 
more acute health problems. 

Early detection of cancer cells 
and other medical malformations 
can save lives, so, in some cases, pro- 
crastination can even be deadly. 

For the most part, though, stu- 
dents who put off writing term pa- 
pers aren't in any immediate danger. 

Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 
January 14, 2009 


Half the Battle: 

Those who forget the past 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

I have come 
to the conclu- 
sion that today's 
children are re- 
sponsible for the 
death of anything 
I held dear in my 

Not all of what is being produced 
is terribly bad, mind you. There's just 
a lot more crap than anything that is 

For some of the older readers 
(and those who have tastes in older 
music), how wonderful was Depeche 
Mode's "Personal Jesus"? It was a 
great song. 

Then, Marilyn Manson did a 
cover of the song, following Johnny 
Cash's cover. Not one of those ver- 
sions was bad. 

Not nearly as good as the origi- 
nal, mind you, but not bad. 

Then, Hilary Duff came out with 
a song called "Reach Out," which fea- 
tured music and vocal melodies akin 
to those in "Personal Jesus." 

However, in the song (you can 
really get it by looking at the video, 
which may or may not be work safe), 
she is essentially whoring herself out 
to the unnamed male she's singing 

Now, I cannot begin to describe 
the pain this song causes me, but 
imagine grabbing a porcupine by the 
back and then sticking your hand in 
a jar of salt. Perhaps you will come 

Its not just music, either. Noth- 
ing is sacred to the up-and-coming 
youngsters who can take the classics 
like "Personal Jesus" and obliterate 


Commercials are another way of 
showing us that we are letting things 
get out of hand. They are reflecting 
our culture. 

Because of commercials, I now 
know that we are the laziest civiliza- 
tion ever. 

I came to this realization as I 
saw a commercial with a little girl 
talking about how she hated count- 
ing her Monopoly money. Then, she 
talked about the joys of the newest 
Monopoly board, which featured a 
credit card machine. 

Remember the sense of satisfac- 
tion, knowing you had something of 
your very own? 

No, let's take away the reinforced 
counting skills and financial conser- 
vation skills that Monopoly teaches 

Instead, we shall teach young 
children the joys of using credit cards 
early so that, later in life, they can 
spend effortlessly with little pieces of 
plastic that destroy lives. 

Remember Legos? 

I used to build huge castles after 
buying a box for about $10. 

There were sets, too. Indiana 
Jones, ninjas, knights, and even a 
Harry Potter set or two... nothing 
like that anymore. 

How often do you see Legos 
even being advertised? How many 
children even ask for them or know 
what they are? 

Children, put away your elec- 
tronic Monopoly and Hilary Duff 
albums. Go read Dr. Seuss and play 
with some Legos. Play the classic 
Monopoly, or at least the Disney ver- 

Stop sticking the knife in my 

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Be Frank: Don't wait 'til the ball drops 

In tough economy, SGA 
president values education 

Cody Bourque 

SGA President 

Before the break, NSU hosted 
my fellow col- 
leagues from 
around the state 
for our Louisiana 
Council of Student 
Body Presidents 

While we ar- 
ranged for the 
group to come in December and 
enjoy all that the "City of Lights" of- 
fers in the way of Christmas cheer, 
we did not expect to hear the news 
that higher education was getting the 
metaphorical equivalent gift of socks 
while expecting a new PlayStation 

The news was that mid-year 
budget cuts were going to be slashed 
deep into higher education. 

At the meeting, $109 million 
was expected to be cut from higher 

education because higher education 
and health care are not constitution- 
ally mandated to be funded. 

For NSU that would have been 
$3.6 million. 

The $341 million in mid-year 
cuts is the result of falling oil prices 
(which is interesting all in itself) and 
the current economic state. 

A few weeks later, Gov. Bobby 
Jindal decided to make the cuts 
across the board, reducing NSU's 
burden to $2.1 million. 

While any number with more 
than six digits is hard to swallow 
when it comes to funding, things are 
going to be getting tighter around 
the university, but it is not a time to 

A hiring freeze and the curtail 
on spending are immediate effects of 
the cuts, but as the semester goes on 
we will know what the further im- 
pact will be for the next fiscal year. 

This time will define our univer- 
sity for years to come, but trust that 
our university will meet these chal- 

lenges with the utmost diligence and 
still provide the quality education 
that students have been receiving for 
125 years. 

As for student self-assessed fees, 
which are a different animal because 
they are managed and overseen by 
students, conservative spending 
needs to be the mindset because 
even though the fees are determined 
by enrollment and should be con- 
stant for this upcoming semester, 
who knows what the next academic 
year will bring? 

University enrollment is said to 
increase in hard economic times. 

If you Google "university enroll- 
ment economy" you will see promis- 
ing headlines, all citing students who 
want to further their education and 
improve their future. 

Things may seem bleak in many 
places we look, but at Northwest- 
ern State, no matter what cuts may 
come, I have faith that the columns 
will continue to be a beacon of suc- 
cess for higher education. 

McCain supporter puts trust in alternative 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

Although he is 
not the guy I want- 
ed, I am hoping 
Barack Obama will 
prove people wrong 
and be a great presi- 
dent. When we get 
something new, we 
get rid of the old. The same happens 
when we get a new president, we say 
goodbye to a president. 

The last eight years of the Bush 
administration have been filled with 
so many different things that no one 
could have ever seen coming. 

The Bush term started off on a 
rough note. The Sept. 1 1 attacks were 
roughly eight months after President 
Bush was sworn in, forcing him to 
make a whole new game plan for his 
upcoming years as president. 

I applaud him on his ability to 

look past a tragedy and his success 
in keeping America safe since then. 
Our country has not seen another 
terrorist attack since President Bush 
took charge and chose to fight the 
enemy instead of letting them be. 

Since he was sworn in, Presi- 
dent Bush has always shown a deep 
love for his country. Although some 
might disagree with some choices 
he has made, I believe those choices 
were made because he cares more 
about our country than he does 
about his approval ratings. 

When people started disagree- 
ing with what he did, he did not 
budge. He chose his country over 
himself, and that is a quality I wish 
so many more people had. It is so 
easy to watch the president and think 
we know better, but it is not our place 
to tear him down. Instead, we should 
lift our leaders up. 

Being a president does not just 
require riding in a limo, making 

speeches and kissing babies. It in- 
volves many sleepless nights, long 
flights and constantly being in the 
public eye. We live in an amazing 
country where ordinary citizens have 
the right to serve in public office. 

We have a Texas governor who 
talks funny as our president, and that 
man helped keep America how it has 
always been. 

As we swear in Barack Obama, I 
pray that everyone will accept him as 
our president. Whether we voted for 
him or not, he will be our president 
in a few short days, and it is our duty 
to respect and support him. 

On Jan. 20, Barack Obama will, 
with his hand on the Bible, swear to 
"protect and defend the constitution 
of the United States of America." 

His responsibility is to make 
sure, like President Bush did, that 
our country stays strong, prosperous 
and great. I wish him luck and he has 
my prayers. 

Bethany Frank 

Staff Columnist 

People wait 
for the ideal mo- 
ment to change 
their lives. 

They close 
their eyes and 
make a wish as 
they blow out a 
birthday candle. 

They close their eyes as they kiss 
a penny and throw it in a well. They 
close their eyes after they see a shoot- 
ing star. 

People hope that somehow these 
moments will change their lives. On 
New Year's Eve, more than 1 million 
spectators gathered at Times Square 
while an estimated 100 million 
joined them at home in front of their 
televisions and watched an 11,875- 
pound lighted ball fall to the ground, 
according to 

They then watched as fireworks 
and confetti shot off into the sky, and 
began the new year with a kiss. 

They clanged their glasses to- 
gether and began their new year with 
a shot. They raised their voices high 

in song and in shouts and welcomed 
the promises of the new year. 

They pledged to be better. They 
took one moment in time and decid- 
ed that was the starting point. That 
was going to make them something 

Now they would be better fa- 
thers, better lovers, better students. 
They would quit drinking, smother 
their last cigarette, go to the gym 

They would become more than 
what they are. More than what they 
thought they were. 

People shouldn't count down 
the minutes to make a change. They 
shouldn't watch with glazed-over 
eyes at the glowing ball to signify 
they will be better. What signifi- 
cance does a ball have? It is used in 
sporting events. Players fight to have 
control of the ball in order to win a 
game, score a goal, make a touch- 
down, send it out of the park. 

But why do they wait for this 
ball to fall to the ground? Noth- 
ing is achieved; no goal is made. 
Life is about chances and the free 
will to take them and run. You can- 
not wait for a ball to drop to make 

a difference. You cannot wait to pass 
through the lines of fee payment to 
become a better student. You cannot 
wait for the slim chance of a shooting . 
star to make your wishes come true. 

You need to take the ball and 
play the game. You need to step off 
the bench. Quit waiting for some- 
thing more and make it happen. 

If you spend your entire life 
waiting for a ball to drop, then you 
will spend your entire life staring at 
the sky when you could be making 
something better of yourself in the 

But it takes more than recogniz- 
ing a moment. After realizing that 
something needs to change, you 
need to make it happen. Sweat and - 
time and effort need to be put in to 
make things better. 

The world isn't going to drop ' 
itself in your lap changed and better 
just because of a pledge made when a 
ball dropped. 

It is time to recognize what po- 
tential there is and make something 
happen. Not because a ball dropped 
or you made a wish, but because you 
looked in the mirror one day and re- 
alized you wanted more. 

New year brings new hope 

Richelle Stephens 

Staff Columnist 

When 2009 
finally arrived, I 
could have sworn 
that I heard a great 
sigh of relief. 

However, it 
was probably just 
the ne'er-do-wells 
firing off their 

guns behind my mother's northern 
Dallas condo. 

Regardless, it would have been 
understandable if instead I heard 
that great exhalation. 

The past year has indeed been 
one of those in our nation's history 
that shall be remembered for reasons 
both good and bad. 

In this case, however, it seems 
as though the unfortunate events far 
outnumber the pleasant ones. 

We all knew that the economy 
wasn't in the best shape, for gas 
prices were at an all-time high and 
people were trading in their trucks 
and SUVs for fuel-efficient sedans so 
that they may save money. 

But that should have been the 
least of people's worries in that re- 
gard as news of sour mortgages and 
refinancing wreaked havoc on Wall 

Street and the government tried - 
and failed - to save banks. 

And now that the "big three" 
American automakers are struggling 
and flailing their arms about in a fi- 
nancial whirlpool, our economy is 
once again at the brink of collapse. 

Earlier I was perusing the Ya- 
hoo! "2008 year in review" page, and 
when I happened upon the "Fare- 
wells" page, there were more than a 
few names on that list that touched 
me on a deeper level than what I typ- 
ically experience. 

Heath Ledger died, and "The 
Dark Knight'" became the second 
highest grossing film of all time. 

Estelle Getty died, and the Life- 
time network aired a "Golden Girls" 
marathon the next day. 

Bernie Mac died, and I cried the 
next time I saw an episode of his bril- 
liant yet underrated sitcom. 

The deaths of Tim Russert, 
George Carlin and Isaac Hayes, 
among others, made this a particu- 
larly difficult year for Hollywood. 

Despite all of the aforemen- 
tioned negativity, there of course 
were the moments that almost made 
the year "worth it." 

My heart soared and a smile 
spanned the length of my face when I 
watched as Barack Obama addressed 

his supporters for the first time as • 

I cheered as Jim proposed to 
Pam on "The Office," and I almost 
emptied my bank account when 
I discovered that NBC Universal ■[ 
would once again allow for iTunes to 
sell episodes of their programs. 

But I digress. 

However, it was mostly a de- 
pressing time in my life. 

The Cowboys were denied an 
opportunity to bring one more Super 
Bowl title to Dallas before they move 
to the new stadium. 

William Petersen, Jorja Fox and 
Gary Dourdan all left "CSL" in a 
move reminiscent of David Caruso's ' 
departure from "NYPD Blue." 

Regardless, if I walked away 
from this past year with nothing else, 
I hope that I have at least learned 
that there are indeed more impor- 
tant things to life than overpaid 
actors leaving top-rated television 
shows and football teams losing their 
chance at playoff glory. 

If what all had happened in 
2008 taught myself and the rest of 
humankind anything, then I hope it 
was that at the end of the day, despite 1 
what happened to you earlier, you 
still have your life, and that's more 
important than manmade ruin. 

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No reason to keep burning Bush 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Jan. 20 will 
mark a day that 
many people in 
America have ea- 
gerly awaited for up 
to eight years. 

Our current 
president, George 
W. Bush, will step down from his 
position and we will welcome Barack 
Obama as our commander in chief 
for the next four years. Now, the vast 
majority of our population has made 
it crystal clear how they feel about 

Throughout the majority of his 
terms it was common to see someone 
on Saturday Night Live impersonat- 
ing Bush and bashing his blunders. 
Merchandise, such as the George W. 
Bush Out of Office Countdown box 

calendar, were often purchased. 

This reveals a great deal about 
our society. Our society's words and 
actions have shown that we simply 
have no respect for Bush - our presi- 
dent. Come on now, the man has 
been the leader of our country for 
the past eight years and most people 
act like he is just some average Joe on 
the side of the street. 

Obviously, the man did some- 
thing right to be elected two terms in 
a row, and he did not deserve to be 
treated the way he was while in of- 

Many of you reading this are 
probably thinking to yourself that 
you didn't vote for Bush and there- 
fore do not have to like him, and I 
agree. I personally did not vote for 
Obama in the election and I do not 
like the fact that he will be leading 
our country, but as an American 
citizen it is my duty to follow and re- 

spect him come Jan. 20. 

In addition, it was everyone else's 
duty to have done the same for Bush 
while he was in office. Say what you 
will about Bush, but he could have 
done horrendously worse. Yes, he 
has made quite a few decisions that 
I disagree with, but I cannot imagine 
how I would've done if I were in his 
shoes. In his first term alone, Bush 
had to deal with more difficult cir- . 
cumstances than many past Ameri- \ 
can presidents. 

From the Sept. 11 terrorist at- 
tacks to the Space Shuttle Columbia 
disaster, Bush faced numerous crises 
during which he had to try to bring • 
our nation together and overcome 
hardship. Bush handled these situa- 
tions to the best of his abilities, and 
there are not many people who could 
have done much better. 

So, President Bush, I would just j 
like to say thank you and goodbye. 


Fletcher Jonson 
Andy Billiard 
Sports Co-Editors 
January 14, 2009 

Demon football finds familiar face 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

Northwestern State named Brad- 
ley Dale Peveto as the 13th head 
coach of Demon football in the pro- 
gram's 101 -year history. 

Peveto is no stranger to Demon- 
land. The former LSU co-defensive 
coordinator spent three years at the 
same position for NSU from 1996- 
1998 under Sam Goodwin, NSU's 
winningest head coach. 

Peveto was named the head 
coach Dec. 18 after a national search 
started on Nov. 25. 

"I'm really proud to be the head 
football coach," Peveto said. "When 
you start looking at the opportunity 
to get the head job, a lot of things go 
through your mind - the calls, the 
texts, the e-mails. We were breath- 
taken, and we really appreciate it, 
and we are looking forward to being 
part of this community again." 

After nearly a month of search- 
ing, he was chosen to replace former 
Demon head coach Scott Stoker. 
Stokers contract was not renewed 
after winning 43 games and losing 
38 in his seven-year stint at his alma 
mater, failing to reach the Football 
Championship Subdivision playoffs 
since 2004. 

"Scott Stoker is a very good friend 
of mine and did a nice job here," Pe- 
veto said at his introductory press 
conference in December. "He had a 
great staff. We're in a tough business 
sometimes. Football is tough, but 
Scott is a Demon. He bleeds purple 
and white. He is leaving Northwest- 
ern State in good hands for us to take 

During Peveto's career as a De- 

orth western Ste 

Northwestern &U 

Photo by Gary Hardanum, I he Current Sauce 

NSU's new head football coach Bradley Dale Peveto addresses the crowd at his introductory press conference on Dec. 22. 

mon, he won two Southland Confer- 
ence titles, including a 12-2 season in 
1997 that ended in a home loss in the 
semifinals of the then-Division 1-AA 
playoffs to Massachusetts. 

"This is a new day, folks," Di- 
rector of Athletics Greg Burke said at 
the press conference. "It's a new day 
for the loyal fans who have always 
been there for us. Everybody knows 
football. We play great football here, 

and we are going to play greater foot- 
ball under Brad." 

Peveto started his coaching ca- 
reer at Trinity Valley Community 
College after graduating from South- 
ern Methodist University in 1987. 

He spent a year there as the sec- 
ondary coach before joining the De- 
mons' bitter rivals, Stephen F. Austin 
in 1988. 

He served as the defensive line, 

linebacker, secondary and special 
teams coordinator with the Lumber- 
jacks until 1991. 

He then spent two years at South- 
ern Mississippi, where he served as 
outside linebackers coach and spe- 
cial teams coordinator before taking 
on the role of nearly the same posi- 
tion at the University of Arkansas. 

He headed the linebackers and 
served as the special teams coordi- 

nator until 1996, when he joined the 
Demon staff. 

After his time with NSU was 
over, Peveto coached at the Universi- 
ty of Houston and Middle Tennessee, 
specializing in defensive positions, 
before joining LSU's staff in 2005. 

Peveto has faced big game pres- 
sure before. His LSU defense helped 
lead the Tigers to the BCS National 
Championship in 2008. In four sea- 

sons with the Tigers, his defenses 
gave up an average of only 1 1 points 
per game in the four bowl game ap- 
pearances. The Ohio State Buckeyes 
scored 24 points in the 2008 BCS Na- 
tional Championship game, the most 
allowed in a bowl game since Peveto 
joined the staff. 

Peveto is very familiar with suc- 
cess on the gridiron as well. While at 
Southern Methodist, Peveto played 
in three bowl games as a defensive 

SMU defeated the University 
of Pittsburgh 7-3 in the Cotton Bowl 
in 1983. Later that year, after another 
season, SMU lost to Alabama in the 
Sun Bowl. 

Peveto's last bowl appearance 
as a player proved to be a successful 
showing, beating Notre Dame in the 
Aloha Bowl in 1984. 

Peveto earned numerous awards 
for his performance on the field and 
for his character at SMU. He was 
named a member of the 1984 SWC 
All- Academic team. 

Coming off a 7-5 record in 2008, 
Northwestern State football appears 
to be on the rise. Peveto inherits a 
group losing only 13 seniors. 

"In the coaching profession, 
there's a lot of places you can end 
up all over the country, and I can't 
think of a better place to raise my 
children and have my family move 
than Natchitoches, Louisiana, and 
this community," Peveto said. "This 
is going to be a lot of fun." 

Only two seniors are lost from 
the "Purple Swarm" defense that 
ranked as one of the best in the con- 
ference last season. The two who 
will be missed are linebacker Mack 
Dampier and safety Justin Perry. 

Men's basketball 

Jan. 14 

@ Southeastern 

7 p.m. 

Jan. 28 

@ S.F.A. 7 p.m 

Jan. 17 


2 p.m. 

Jan. 31 

U.C.A. 2 p.m. 

Jan 24 

@ Nicholls 

5 p.m 

Feb. 4 

@ McNeese 7 p.m. 

All games are conference matches 

Women's basketball 

Jan. 14 


7 p.m. 

Jan. 28 

S.F.A. 7 p.m. 

Jan 17. 


1 p.m. 

Jan. 31 

@ U.C.A. 4 p.m. 

Jan. 24 

@ Nicholls 

2 p.m. 

Feb. 4 

McNeese 7 p.m. 

All games are conference matches 

Men's basketball team 
endures rough patch 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Christmas holiday left the 
Demon basketball team with a lump 
of coal in its stocking that ended 
with a 69-60 loss in the Southland 
Conference opener against Nicholls 

With a combination of the Colo- 
nels shooting 51 percent from the 
field and 26 turnovers by the De- 
mons, Nicholls had a 34-22 point 
advantage at halftime. 

Coming out of the halftime 
break, the first six minutes were not 
much better for the Demons as the 
Colonels went on a 13-5 run extend- 
ing their lead to 20. 

The Demons, starting with 13:49 
left in the game, went on a 20-3 run 
that spanned more than six minutes 
of the game tied the game up at 52 
apiece with a little under five min- 
utes remaining in the game. 

The Demons would not be any 
closer than three points for the rest 
of the game, with the final being 69- 
60, Nicholls State. 

"It was one of those games where 
we got down early, and we had to 
fight so hard to get back into, by the 
time we did we just ran out of steam," 
head coach Mike McConathy said. 

Senior forward Kalem Porte- 
rie led the Demons in scoring with 
14 points on six of seven shooting, 
while junior guard Michael McCon- 
athy added 13 points and six assists. 

True freshman forward William 
Mosley led the team in rebounding 
with 11. 

"We just couldn't get anything 
going early. By the time we did we 
were down so much we had to claw 
are way back, and, like Coach [Mc- 
Conathy] said, we just ran out of 

steam," sophomore forward Devin 
White said. 

The winter break started off great 
for the Demons with an 84-76 vic- 
tory over Houston Baptist and a 92- 
64 victory over Southern University 
at New Orleans. 

The Demons had five players in 
both games score double digits 

< Then the Demons traveled to 
Fayetteville, Ark., to take on the 
Arkansas Razorbacks, and things 
looked promising as the Demons 
held an 8-2 lead four minutes into 
the game. 

However, things would soon go 

NSU had 29 turnovers, 20 of 
which were in the first half in route 
to a 95-56 shellacking. 

The Demons then played host to 
the second half of a home-and-home 
with the University of Miami (OH) 
where in the first meeting the De- 
mons lost 94-66, held their own this 
time and lost a nailbiter 69-68. 

The Demons then had an embar- 
rassing loss to the Oklahoma State 
Cowboys by a score of 122-73. 

Those three games plus the loss 
to Nicholls State leaves the Demons 
at 8-8 on the season and 0-1 in con- 

"The four-game losing streak 
has hit us at the worst possible time," 
McConathy said. "You don't want 
to go into conference with a three - 
game losing streak and then lose the 
conference opener. It's not the way 
we have hoped to have started con- 
ference, but I feel we can turn things 
around really quickly." 

The Demons will travel to Thibo- 
deaux, La., to play the Southeastern 
Louisiana University Lions and will 
play host this Saturday to the Texas 
A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders. 

Lady Demon bench 
boosts team record 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Junior point guard Michael McConathy (14) battles Colonel de- 
fenders in the Demons' 69-60 conference opening loss. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Jessica McPhail (5) applies defensive pressure in the team's win. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Lady Demons in the past 
two seasons have started conference 
out pretty slowly, losing the first four 
Southland Conference games. 

This year the team plays three 
of its first four conference games at 
home, where it is 7-0 on the season. 

The first was the Nicholls State 
game where the Demons won 73-58. 

The bench played a pivotal role in 
the Lady Demons' victory, outscor- 
ing the Lady Colonels bench 38-8. 

Freshman forward Britany Kin- 
law led the team in scoring with 14 
points on seven of eight shooting in 
only 15 minutes. 

Kinlaw also added seven re- 

Senior guard Renotta Edwards 
was second in scoring for the Lady 
Demons with 12 points. 

Both were part of the lopsided 
bench output. 

"We played well as a team," head 
coach Jennifer Graf said. "If we can 
continue to get that kind of produc- 
tion from our bench every game and 
play defense the way we did, we are 
going be tough to beat." 

The defense as mentioned by- 
Graf forced the Lady Colonels into 
32 turnovers and also never let them 
close within 14 points in the entire 
second half. 

"This is a good way for us to 
start out conference. A big win like 
this gives us the confidence boost we 
need to play well," Graf said. 

The Lady Demons will host the 
Southeastern Louisiana University 
Lady Lions tonight at Prather Coli- 
seum as they look to move its record 
to 2-0 in SLC play. 

"This team [SELA] is a solid 
team. They play well on both ends of 
the court," Graf said. 

Even though conference has 
started, the Lady Demons were busy 
during the Christmas break. 

NSU played six games over the 
break, going 4-2 in that stretch. 

The Lady Demons' break started 
with a 68-32 victory over Louisiana 
State University-Shreveport on Dec. 
20, led by freshman forward Keke 
Goodson and senior guard Akilah 
Givens, who scored 12 and 1 1 points 

Then after Christmas, NSU trav- 
eled to Oxford, Miss., for the Ole 
Miss Holiday Classic. 

The Lady Demons played host to 
Ole Miss and lost 92-64. 

The only bright spot for NSU was 
freshman forward Britany Kinlaw, 
who scored a team-high 14 points on 
seven of nine shooting. 

The second game in the Classic 
was against the University of Ten- 
nessee-Martin where they fell short 

After the New Year, the Lady De- 
mons returned home to play against 
the University of Arkansas-Monti- 
cello and the University of Arkansas- 
Pine Bluff. 

The Lady Demons were victori- 
ous in both with scores of 86-69 and 
83-70, respectively. 

"The Christmas break was good 
for us. We had a lot of players come 
in and work on their shot, and that 
will definitely help us out throughout 
the rest of the season," Graf said. 

Graf's young squad looks to stay 
on track in the conference race with 
a win tonight against the Lady Lions 
of Southeastern in Prather Coliseum. 
Game time is set for 7 p.m. 



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$2.1 AA budget cut slices operating costs 

David Royal 

News Editor 

In response to a $2.1 million 
budget cut they received from the 
Louisiana Board of Regents, NSU of- 
ficials are making changes to reduce 
the university's operating costs. 

The budget cut announced in 
December is part of a $121 million 
cut of all higher education. 

NSU President Randall J. Webb 
said the university essentially has two 
options to deal with this financial 
hit. NSU can either try to increase 
its revenue or make cuts in its costs. 

Because NSU is in the middle of 
its fiscal year, Webb said obtaining 
higher revenue is virtually impos- 
sible, which leaves making cuts. 

He said these cuts include re- 
ducing travel costs and the amount 
of supplies purchased. 

"We always try to be good stew- 
ards of what we have, but mid-year 
budget cuts are always difficult to 
work with," Webb said. 

Webb said the university has an 
additional problem. 

"The $2.1 million is just one fig- 
ure we have to consider because we 
are now also absorbing other costs 
that the state usually takes care of," 
Webb said. 

Along with the budget cut, the 
state is now requiring NSU to cover 
the costs of programs such as State 
GO grants and dual enrollment, 
Webb said. 

Although he said he and other 
university officials will not have an 
exact idea of how much funds the ad- 
ditional state programs will require 
until around the 14th day of class - 
the official report date for all public 
universities - Webb said he and his 
staff have already begun to prepare. 

Vice President of Business Af- 
fairs Carl Jones said NSU officials 
are currendy assessing the needs of 
every department and unit within 
the university, so that they can spend 

their funds most efficienUy and draw 
as much monetary support for the 
upcoming situation. 

"The university is reviewing all 
our options," Jones said. 

Like Webb, Jones said at this 
time he is still trying to gauge NSU's 
financial circumstance. 

"We aren't even sure of the mag- 
nitude of the situation," Jones said. 

In addition to reviewing bud- 
gets, NSU officials have frozen the 
university's accounts, which means 
nothing is being purchased and no 
one is being hired, Webb said. He 
added that the accounts will prob- 
ably remain frozen until the end of 
the fiscal year. 

Webb explained, however, that 
not every aspect of NSU's budget is 
remaining frozen. 

Areas of the budget that will 
need funds throughout the fiscal 
year, which Webb called "mission 
critical" areas, will have access to the 

After they are informed of how 
much the absorbed state programs 
will cost the university, NSU officials 
may have to make additional chang- 
es, Webb said. 

"It may force us to look more 
inward at the way we are operating," 
Webb said. 

Webb explained that by "in- 
ward" he means not only reducing 
the amount spent on supplies or 
travel, but also on staff. 

"We might possibly have to sig- 
nificantly cut the number of adjunct 
professors used," Webb said. 

Student Government Associa- 
tion President Cody Bourque said 
he and the SGA are looking to find 
more permanent solutions to the po- 
tential financial crisis. 

For the past semester, the SGA 
has been researching ways to ob- 
tain more funds from student fees 
through part-time students and stu- 
dents taking both Internet and tradi- 
tional classes. 

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Students like Krista Dixon (above) are making sacrifices due to the budget cut. Some pro- 
fessors now require that students make their own copies of their syllabi. 

Although they still have some 
more research to complete and de- 
tails to smooth over, Bourque said 
the SGA expects to have a piece of 
legislation up for vote within the 
next month that should potentially 
provide the university with addition- 
al funding through student fees. 

"It's a perplexing situation, but 
I m hopeful that putting an emphasis 
on student fees will provide a posi- 
tive outcome," Bourque said. 

Since the start of the semester, 
students have already begun experi- 
encing the effects of the budget cuts. 

Because the Organizational Re- 
lief Fund's account is frozen, both 
Theta Chi and Pi Kappa Phi fraterni- 
ties had to pay the entire cost of their 
mid-year leadership conferences. 
ORF, which typically pays 1 5 percent 
of an organization's travel costs, will 
be unable to reimburse the fraterni- 
ties until its account is unfrozen. 

To cut down on costs, NSU offi- 
cials have also cancelled or combined 
smaller classes, which has resulted 
in unexpected changes in students' 

Instead of printing and handing 

out copies of syllabi for each student, 
department heads are also advising 
professors to instead simply post 
their syllabi on Blackboard - NSU's 
online teaching tool. 

However, the professors in one 
Louisiana Scholars' College class, 
SCTT 1820: Texts & Traditions II, 
require each of their students to 
print out his or her own syllabus, 
said Krista Dixon, who is currently 
enrolled in the class. 

Dixon, who is a freshman nurs- 
ing student in the Scholars' College, 
explained that the reason her profes- 

Obama inauguration entices student body 

NSU students come together on campus to watch, celebrate 

Photo by David Royal/The Current Sauce 

Students and faculty gaze up at the TV screens in the Friedman Student Union while watch- 
ing the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday. 

Leigh Guidry 

Editor in Chief 

Millions of people from all over 
the country - and even the world - 
put up with the 14 degree weather 
yesterday to watch Barack Obama 
take the oath of office as the 44th 
president of the United States. 

The timing seemed fitting, being 
the day after Dr. Martin Luther King 
Jr. Day, to swear in the country's first 

African American president, and it 
did not go unnoticed. Obama him- 
self mentioned King in his speech 
and even pointed out how far things 
have come since the reverend's day. 

"This is the meaning of our lib- 
erty and our creed - why men and 
women and children of every race 
and every faith can join in celebra- 
tion across this magnificent Mall, 
and why a man whose father less 
than 60 years ago might not have 

been served at a local restaurant can 
now stand before you to take a most 
sacred oath," Obama said toward the 
end of his speech yesterday. 

Obama's running mate, Joe 
Biden, preceded the president in 
taking his own oath of office as vice 
president. , h 

The new president wasted no 
time in setting a hard work ethic for 
his next four years. 

"Today I say to you that the 

challenges we face are real," Obama 
said. "They are serious, and they are 
many. They will not be met easily or 
in a short span of time. But know 
this, America: They will be met." 

NSU student and junior vocal 
performance major Garrison Moore 
said he was impressed with Obama's 
urgency to get to work so soon. 

"That's the perfect attitude to 
have," Moore said. 

The millions who made the trek 
to Washington, D.C., were not the 
only ones watching the two politi- 
cians recite their oaths yesterday. A 
large number of NSU students filled 
the second floor lobby of the Fried- 
man Student Union to join them. 

"You can see how many people 
actually care about what is happen- 
ing," junior general studies major 
Chris Smith said, referring to the 
number of students watching the 
TVs in the Union. 

Smith said he had forgotten that 
the inauguration was today until he 
was reminded by the social network- 
ing Web site Facebook, which joined 
with Live to promote and 
show the event. 

Ronnie Washington, vice presi- 
dent of NAACP at NSU, joined 
Smith and other NSU students in the 
Union Tuesday. 

"It's a chance to view history 
with my fellow peers," Washington 
said about the inauguration party in 
the Union. 

Washington was one student 
who wasn't going to miss seeing 
Obama inaugurated. 

"This is such a big focal point 
for everyone here and our nation as 
well," Washington said at the inaugu- 
ration party. 

He also added that the event was 
about more than just one man. 

"This inauguration means more 
than just a person who is entering of- 
fice," Washington said. "It's about the 
future state of our country." 

The party in the Union was not 
the only opportunity for NSU stu- 
dents to see Obama become Com- 
mander in Chief. Some teachers kept 
the television tuned to the inaugura- 
tion, and even others cancelled class 

Moore got to class a little late 
because he had been watching the 
inauguration footage, but he found 
that the teacher had cancelled class 
to watch it himself. 

Some have strong opinions 
about this change in presidency. Jay 
Means, associate professor of English 
at the Louisiana Scholars' College, is 
one of them. 

"It's the best thing that has hap- 
pened to this country in my lifetime," 
Means said about Obama's being 

Sylvia Allen, senior criminal 
justice and social work major, said 
she is looking forward to the years 
to come even though she represents 
a different party than that of the new 

"I hope [Obama] does a good 
job," Allen said. "I mean, he's a dem- 
ocrat, and I'm definitely not a demo- 

She said she is just waiting to see 
how he does as president, regardless 
of partisanship. 

Like Allen, other students are 
looking at Obama expectantly now 
that he is in office. 

"I'm just ready to see what hap- 
pens," Moore said. "Anything can 
happen at this point." 

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ing to this story. 


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sors are requiring students to print 
the syllabus is because the class's re- 
quired reading is included - totaling 
about 100 pages. 

Dixon and her fellow classmates 
went to Ink Spot, a local print shop, 
to have their syllabi and required 
reading printed and bound, which 
Dixon said cost each of them about 

Dixon said she has mixed feel- 
ings concerning having to pay such a 
high price for her class documents. 

"I would rather have the re- 
quired text in front of me instead of 
on a computer screen, but it doesn't 
seem fair that we have to pay out of 
our own pockets," Dixon said. "Even 
if it is just a syllabus that we have to 
pay for now, it makes me wonder 
how far they will go in the future." 

Ultimately, however, Dixon said 
she believes the teachers are getting 
the worst end of the budget cuts. 

"I think the budget cuts affect 
the teachers more than it does us," 
Dixon said. "They are under more 
strain to save as much money as pos- 
sible, while still being expected to ef- 
fectively do their job." 

Webb said he believes the deci- 
sions he and his staff will make in the 
near future will not only be success- 
ful, but will also allow students to 
study and attend class without feel- 
ing the pressure of the budget cuts. 

Webb added, that in his opinion, 
NSU officials have done an adequate 
job of preparing for the worst, and 
the university will ultimately over- 
come the financial situation by the 
end of this fiscal year. 

However, NSU officials have al- 
ready been told by the Board of Re- 
gents to expect even greater budget 
cuts for the next fiscal year. 

Webb simply said it will be a 
dire situation that will require drastic 

Photo by Michael Silver/The Current Sauce 

Catherine Kimball, the first female chief justice in Louisiana, places her hand on the Bible 
and takes an oath at the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans. 

First female LA Supreme Court 
chief justice swears to serve 

David Royal 

News Editor 

A week before Barack Obama 
made history as the nation's first Af- 
rican American president, Catherine 
Kimball made history in Louisiana 
after she was sworn in as the state's 
first female Supreme Court chief jus- 

Kimball, a 63-year-old Demo- 
crat from Ventress, La., was original- 
ly elected to the court in 1993. She 
replaced retired Chief Justice Pascal 
Calogero by way of seniority, accord- 
ing to the Associated Press (AP). 

The newly appointed chief jus- 
tice was sworn in Jan. 12, on the front 
steps of the Supreme Court building 
in New Orleans' French Quarter. 

Speakers at Kimball's ceremony 
included former Gov. Kathleen Blan- 
co, Louisiana's first female governor, 
according to AP. 

Kimball said that she realizes 
much attention has been brought to 
her historic election and said she un- 
derstands the magnitude that comes 
with it. 

"When you are the first of any- 
thing, you must realize how impor- 
tant it is to those who will follow, that 
you do your best to pave the way for 
them in a positive and responsible 
way," Kimball said in an e-mail inter- 


Beth Ann Pryor, a senior ac- 
counting major, said she has high 
expectations for Kimball. 

"As the first woman chief justice 
on the Louisiana Supreme Court, I 
hope that she is fair and just in her 
decisions," Pryor said. 

Kimball said she knows, in par- 
ticular, women will be looking at 
her for guidance and as a positive 
example, and she said she is more 
than willing to be under their micro- 

"It has been very rewarding to 
have heard from so many women 
that it inspires them to pursue what- 
ever goals they set for themselves," 
Kimball said. 

Kimball said she hopes NSU 
students will be able to learn from 
her experiences. 

She said she believes students 
have a "tremendous opportunity" 
because of their college experience, 
and that students should appreciate 
and take full advantage of their time 

"[Students] have such a great 
time to formulate friendships that 
will last the rest of their lives, and 
have several years to focus their at- 
tention on what they want to do," 
Kimball said. 

"Once they leave the campus 

world and enter the workplace or 
marry and have a family, it is much 
harder to change directions than it is 
now," Kimball continued. 

To the female students at NSU, 
Kimball encouraged them to never 
give up on their dreams, regardless 
of what someone else thinks about 

NSU students were pleased to 
hear that a female finally broke the 
state's gender barrier for chief jus- 

Junior early childhood educa- 
tion major Michelle Sandifer said she 
thinks it's great that a woman finally 
holds this position, but added that 
it took too long for it to finally hap- 

Although she said she thinks 
Kimball is qualified for her new job, 
Pryor said she knows there are peo- 
ple who would disagree. 

Pryor said she credits people's 
disapproval for Kimball to a com- 
mon stereotype present in the south 
that presents women as being infe- 
rior to men. 

Kimball said that ultimately, she 
does not want her gender to deter- 
mine her legacy as a chief justice. 

"At the end of the day, however, 
I would like to be remembered as a 
'good chief justice,' not a 'good fe- 
male chief justice,'" Kimball said. 

SGA Supreme Court 
questions legislation, 
sets date for hearing 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The NSU Supreme Court plans 
to hold a meeting next week to vote 
on whether or not a piece of legisla- 
tion that reduced the Student Gov- 
ernment Association's executive 
scholarships by $3,000 is unconstitu- 

Bill FA08-030, which was ap- 
proved by the SGA last semester, 
now gives the president $3,000, the 
vice president $2,000 and the trea- 
surer $1,000 per semester. 

Because the approved bill made 
a change to the scholarships given, 
members of the Supreme Court said 
the NSU constitution obligates the 
SGA to allow the student body an 
opportunity to vote on the bill. 

"The students didn't get to vote 
on it. Period," Supreme Court Chief 
Justice Kyle Domangue said. 

The Supreme Court, which cur- 
rently consists of six justices, initially 
met to discuss the bill last Tuesday 
and after about 30 minutes of dis- 
cussion, actually deemed the bill 
unconstitutional, but the vote was 
unofficial because of a technicality, 
Supreme Court Justice Paul Shelton 

Shelton, who has been a justice 
since October 2007, said the court's 
vote could not stand because the 
party concerned - the SGA execu- 
tive board - was not notified at least 
48 hours in advance to defend their 

As a result, the Supreme Court 
will have a public hearing Tuesday 
at 8 p.m. in the Friedman Student 
Union, in which anyone can discuss 
whether or not the bill in question 
meets the constitution's standards. 

SGA president Cody Bourque 
said he will defend the bill at next 
week's hearing. 

"Do I feel that we were right 
to reduce the scholarships? Yes," 
Bourque said in an interview. 

He said he understands that in 
most cases a change in scholarship 
would call for a student vote, but be- 
cause the change brought on by Bill 
FA08-030 is a reduction in scholar- 
ships given to himself and his execu- 
tives, a student vote is not required. 

Bourque said the constitution 
does not clearly outline the proce- 
dures to be followed in the event that 
the scholarship reductions only affect 
members of the SGA who are aware 

of the changes. These changes do not 
directly affect individual members of 
the student body. 

Members of the executive board 
will defend their positions on this 
subject at the hearing. 

"When we wrote the legislation, 
we knew there would be a question 
about it," Bourque said. 

Megan Cullen, a senator in 
the SGA, said she will be speaking 
against the bill at the hearing. 

Cullen, who originally voted 
against the bill last semester, said the 
bill is unfair to future executives and 
will discourage others from joining 
the organization. 

Bourque said he still believes 
the reduced scholarships is the best 
thing at this time for the SGA and 
student body, but added that he is 
"not unwavering" in his stance. 

"They [Supreme Court jus- 
tices] will make the right judgment," 
Bourque said. "If it gets overturned 
then I will support it." 

After hearing both sides of the 
argument, the Supreme Court will 
then have a closed vote. In order for 
the bill to be ruled unconstitutional, 
the court must have a majority con- 

Shelton said he intends to stick 
with his initial vote against the legiti- 
macy of the bill, regardless of what 
he hears at next week's hearing. 

"For me, there is nothing that 
will sway me," Shelton said. 

Shelton explained that the con- 
stitution clearly outlines that Bill 
FA08-030 requires a student vote, 
and that is the only evidence he 
needs to make his decision about the 

Shelton added, however, that he 
supports the idea of the SGA's bill 
and wishes to see it one day approved 
by the student body. 

If the Supreme Court does offi- 
cially vote against the bill next week, 
nothing will change this semester, 
Shelton said. 

Shelton explained that there 
will be two options if the bill is over- 

Either the new SGA officials 
can try to pass the bill again with the 
student vote or the organization will 
return to the previous scholarship 
process that was used last semester. 

Because the bill has already been 
passed by the SGA, the Supreme 
Court's ruling will not take effect un- 
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Here comes the bride 

Amanda Crane 

Staff Reporter 

Several new features have been 
added to the fourth annual Natchi- 
toches Bridal Extravaganza this year, 
including one obvious change - the 
appearance of the event center. 

Material will hang from the ceil- 
ing of the entire exhibit hall, where 
the majority of the show takes place. 

The Events Center purchased 
the ivory draping not only as a com- 
pliment for the ceiling at the show, 
but also to show that it is available 
for rental at wedding receptions. 

There will also be a new mix of 
bridal vendors at the show. 

A special demonstration at 3:30 
p.m. will translate a brides vision of 
her wedding gown into reality. 

"From beginning to end, we will 
create that dress, paying careful at- 
tention to fit and detail ensuring that 
every aspect is intricately made for 

her," Post said. 

Another new feature to the 
Extravaganza will have grooms in- 
volved in the action. 

The 'Man Cave' was developed 
this year to attract more men to the 
show and is complete with leather 
couches, recliners, big screen televi- 
sions with surround sound and re- 

Post says with the addition of 
the 'Man Cave' he "would like for the 
show to truly be a couples' show." 

The runway fashion show will 
begin at 4 p.m. on the main stage. 

The show features items from 
the Birds Nest, Formals Etc, The Hall 
Tree, King of Hearts Tuxedo and 
April Bradley - The Dressmaker. 

Following the fashion show, 
names will be drawn for various 
door prizes. 

The finishing touch to any wed- 
ding day attire is the jewelry. 

This year, a pearl jewelry set, 


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SAB conducts its first meeting of the semester. 

Text message system alerts 
students of new SAB events 

Sarah Person 

Sauce Reporter 

Students can now send the text 
message "Demon" to 66937 and re- 
ceive notifications about upcoming 
functions, including "The Price Is 
Right," Spring Fling Week and guest 

The Student Activities Board has 
implemented this new text message 
system to remind students of events 
during the semester. 

Students who enjoy the music 
of "One Tree Hill" or "The Hills" will 
be heading to the Friedman Student 
Union to see performer Jonathan 
Clay on Monday at 7 p.m. 

That's officially the first event to 
kick off the semester. Clays music is 
featured on various reality shows, in- 
dependent movies and radio shows 
across the country. If interested stu- 
dents want to check out Clay's mu- 
sic, they can visit his Web site, jona- 

There are many events planned 
for the semester, including the 50th 
Anniversary of Miss Lady of the 
Bracelet. The pageant will take place 
Feb. 7 in A.A. Fredericks Auditori- 

The big event for March is "The 
Price is Right." Eddie Higginbotham, 
SAB secretary and treasurer, said the 
event has been a great success in the 

"I'm excited for "The Price is 
Right,'" he said. "We've had this event 
in past semesters. Since it was such a 
great turnout, we've made it a staple 

event for the coming years." 

Another event, "Demon Idol," is 
also on the agenda for this semester 
at the end of March. March 30 will 
kick off Spring Fling Week, "I love 
the '90s," with a week of events. 

The new text messaging system 
serves as a reminder in a free text 
message the day before the event. 

Kirk Lee, Assistant Director to 
Student Activities, said the board is 
trying to keep students informed. 

"We are looking at new advertis- 
ing venues because our old standard 
ways aren't working out the way we 
would like them to," Lee said. 

Monica Randazzo, senior jour- 
nalism major and former SAB vice 
president, has been on SAB since fall 
2005. She recently resigned her posi- 
tion as vice president to focus on her 
last semester but said she will never 
forget SAB and the impact it has had 
on her life. 

"SAB has been one of my great- 
est experiences in college," Randazzo 
said. "It has prepared me for real- 
world experiences and how to event 
plan. I feel the organization gives you 
a whole new level of responsibility 
because you are given a budget and 
you can run with it." 

Robin Williams is the new vice 
president, and she is eager to work 
with the students. 

"SAB gives me the opportunity 
to meet new people and stretch my- 
self in ways I wouldn't have been able 
to," Williams said. 

SAB encourages everyone to 
take part in the events planned. 

Photo by Kelli Fontenotfrhe Current Sauce 

The Gavel Club holds its first meeting of the semester. 

including necklace, double-strand 
bracelet and earrings, will be given 
to one lucky winner. 

The pearl set is valued at $1,800, 
compliments of KLAX ABC 31 and 
KP Jewelers. 

Admission is $5 for adults and 
free for children 12 and under. 

In previous years, the event has 
been held later in the year. 

But this year, hopes of targeting 
newly engaged couples pushed the 
date up. 

"We are better positioned in the 
year to attract more engaged brides 
since the majority of proposals oc- 
cur around Christmas and the New 
Year," marketing and sales coordina- 
tor for the Events Center Chris Post 

The show begins at 1 p.m. with 
registration at the main entrance. 

The exhibit hall will be open 
with bridal exhibitors offering sam- 
ples and marketing materials for 

their businesses. 

Vendors from all aspects of wed- 
ding planning will be at the show. 

Businesses from Shreveport, 
Alexandria, Pineville, Marksville, 
Many, Toledo Bend, Winnfield, Mon- 
roe and Natchitoches will be present 
to showcase all they have to offer to 
eager brides, family and friends. 

Not only does the event help 
brides plan their special day, but it 
also gives area businesses a chance to 
showcase what they have to offer and 
to sell their products and services. 

"This is a great opportunity for 
vendors to come together for the 
prospective bride. It could be con- 
sidered a one-stop show for wedding 
planning," Post said. "The Bridal 
Extravaganza is a great opportunity 
for brides who are planning to get 
married here in Natchitoches and 
other cities within driving distance 
because our vendor mix is so spread 

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reaches campus 

Taylor Graves 

Sauce Reporter 

The Louisiana Folklife Center at 
NSU is hosting three concerts during 
the spring semester so students can 
enjoy and experience the tradition of 
folk music. 

Concerts will be held in the 
Friedman Student Union with free 

All concerts will begin at noon 
with each musician ending the day's 
events with a workshop. 

"This is an opportunity for stu- 
dents to engage and experience cul- 
ture, not just read it out of a book or 
see a movie," Shane Rasmussen, Di- 
rector of Louisiana Folklife Center, 

The Folklife Center, located 
on the second floor of Kyser Hall, 
provides information and literature 
about cultural heritage in Louisiana. 

The Center also plans and spon- 
sors the annual Folk Festival in July. 

The culture was not the only fac- 
tor in deciding which artists to bring 
to NSU. The type of music and en- 
ergy of the performers were highly 

"I tried to choose artists that 
were dynamic and would have ener- 
getic performances, and their music 
would reflect modern music," Ras- 
mussen said. 

Cajun and western music will 
be played by Sarah Jayde Williams, a 

fourth generation fiddler, on Jan. 21. 

As years progressed, she 
branched out with her fiddle to play 
Cajun and western swing music. 

She has also made a career of 
singing in English and French. 

While performing across the 
United States and Canada, Williams 
recorded her first album, "Special 
Edition Cajun & Texas Swing." 

Artist of "Unplugged And Off 
The Chain," Tarumbae will perform 
Feb. 18. 

Recording four albums and 
achieving a spot on the Louisiana 
State Roster Artist list has made Tar- 
umbae known around the country. 

While touring, he began pro- 
grams to teach the youth about the 
dynamics and understanding of mu- 
sic. Zydepunks will play their unique 
folk, punk sound in the final concert 
March 18. 

Beginning in New Orleans may 
have added to the inspiration of 
the Zydepunks when finding their 

The group uses fiddles, drums, 
bass and vocals in six different lan- 
guages to produce Yiddish riddles, 
Irish ballads and Cajun punk. 

The Folklife Center staff decided 
to bring these artists to the campus to 
raise multicultural awareness among 

The Folklife Center in room 213 
of Kyser Hall can provide more in- 
formation about these concerts. 

Frosty Factory opening delayed 

Kera Simon 

Sauce Reporter 

The dormant Frosty Factory has 
had a tough time getting its doors 
open, but it will be accepting appli- 
cations from potential employees to- 
day and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 12 
p.m. in order to open in February. 

Owner Dwayne Arnold and 
managers will be at the Natchitoches 
location on Highway 1 South, ac- 
cepting resumes and applications for 
those interested in working for the 
drive thru liquor and frozen mixed 
drinks shop. 

"I like to hire college students," 
Arnold said. "They make the best 
employees because they're goal-ori- 
ented and hardworking... I like being 
able to help put them through col- 

The Frosty Factory has been "a 
long time coming," as Arnold said. 
The sign first appeared last summer 
outside of the former McDonalds 

Arnold told The Current Sauce 
in September that the Frosty Factory 
would be open by November, but 
Arnold said the wait for the correct 
permits was the cause behind the de- 


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Winter winds wreak havoc on students' sinuses 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

Out with the cold and in with 
the flu - it seems as though college 
students get sick and stay sick. 

Upon returning from Christmas 
break, students' immune systems are 
at their weakest point. 

"Upper respiratory problems are 
by far our biggest complaint," Lisa 
Thomas, a staff nurse at Health Ser- 
vices, said. "Students come in with 
sore throats, coughs, strep throat and 
other respiratory problems." 

Thomas explained that these 
health problems may be caused by 
the constantly changing tempera- 
tures. > 

"[The temperature] doesn't give 
people's sinus track time to level out," 
Thomas said. 

Chris Smith, a junior general 
studies major, agreed with Thomas 
that the weather is one of the leading 
factors in illnesses this time of year. 

"One day it's hot, and the next 
day it's cold," Smith said. "My body 
can't make the quick adjustments." 

The nurses of NSU Health Ser- 
vices treat several illnesses during 
the first couple weeks of the new year, 
ranging anywhere from the common 

cold to bronchitis. 

Sarah Timmons, junior biology 
major, is one of several students who 
came down with bronchitis over the 

Although not all cases are seri- 
ous, the symptoms of the illness are 
sure to put a damper on holiday cel- 

"I became very hoarse, my nose 
was stopped up and the doctor found 
that my chest was very congested," 
Timmons said. 

Students who visit Health Ser- 
vices with illnesses such as bronchi- 
tis are often sent to either Dr. Mary 
Long or Dr. Michelle Mayeaux at the 
Ingram Medical Clinic. 

Those who suffer from less se- 
rious sicknesses are usually given 
over-the-counter medication. 

Decongestants are often given to 
students who suffer from the com- 
mon cold. 

Timmons took antibiotics to 
treat her sickness, which she, too, 
believes was caused by the season's 

"Everybody gets sick when [the 
weather] goes from hot to cold to hot 
to cold," she said. 

Despite these constant weather 
changes, some students manage to 

remain healthy over the break. 

Rebecca Edwards, a senior Eng- 
lish major, has yet to become ill dur- 
ing the holiday season. 

"I hate colds, so I do what I can 
to avoid getting sick," Edwards said 

Edwards maintains a healthy 
sleeping pattern and makes sure to 
eat right. In addition to keeping a 
balanced nutrition, there are many 
habits students should practice in 
order to stay healthy. 

"Wash your hands," Thomas 
said. "I see people go into Vic's with- 
out washing their hands and leave 
the bathroom without washing their 

Thomas said another impor- 
tant habit students should practice 
is covering their mouths when they 

The university also plays a role 
in making sure students receive in- 
formation about how to stay healthy 
with its annual Health Fest. 

Representatives from Natchi- 
toches and its surrounding areas 
present students and members from 
the community with ideas and infor- 
mation about fitness and nutrition. 

Health Fest will take place April 
2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Prather 

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As flu season hits Natchitoches, more and more students visit the Health Services Building 
on Caspari Street for evaluations, referrals and medicine. 

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January 21, 2009 




Half the Battle: Blood-suckers 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

w — ^ 

"Twilight" is 
not about vam- 

Sure, the 
characters are 
called vampires, 
but they are not 
real vampires. 

They are really an abomination 
unto the Lord. 

Real vampires. Yeah, seems pret- 
ty oxymoronic, I know. However, I 
am not going to be silent about this 
any longer. 

Vampires. The blood-sucking 
undead. They can't go out into the 
sunlight, definitely can't glow and 
they drink human blood. They don't 
go hunting, unless it's for you. 

Bram Stoker wrote about real 
vampires: Count Dracula and his 
wives, the wanton female vampires 

who seduce Jonathan Harker, who 
Dracula saves at the very last sec- 
ond because he wants the man's legal 
advice - preying on the man's liveli- 
hood rather than his blood. 

There were several subsequent 
books and stories, all following the 
same pattern. Then, in 1973, the 
vampire genre got a new face. 

"Blade" is definitely pushing it, 
as far as traditional vampirism goes, 
but they do a good job of explain- 
ing how it all works out... although 
vampirism as a disease is a pretty big 

There is a difference between 
Marvel's Blade and Stephenie Meyer's 
Edward Cullen. Blade is not a lovable 
guy. You fall in love with Blade be- 
cause if you're not with Blade, you're 

Cullen, meanwhile, was made 
to be some romantic guy who just 
raises the standards for the rest of us. 
I don't need that pressure in my life 
right now. 

Vampires are not romantic. 
They seduce and steal the blood of 
their victims, leaving you (much like 
an ex-wife) hurt, weeping and, in 
your last moments of consciousness, 
a little confused. If you find that ro- 
mantic, contact me privately for the 
number for my psychiatrist. 

Stephenie Meyer is trying to 
ruin vampires and desensitize us to 
the horror that is getting your blood 
drained through the neck by making 
vampires (if you can really call them 
that) lovable and romantic. 

The book itself is entirely unbe- 
lievable anyway, completely ignoring 
the whole vampire subject. What 
children talk like that? Honestly? 
What teenagers do you know of that 
use 20 adjectives in one sentence 
talking about the sky? 

Don't disgrace vampires by 
counting Cullen and his posse 
among their ranks. Now, if you'll ex- 
cuse me, the other editors are in the 
other room, and I'm thirsty. 

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'Dream' remembered 

New 'Call of Duty': 

Gamers becoming soldiers 

Bryant Weldon 

Guest Columnist 

Parents have 
often worried 
about the material 
contained in video 

Well, what if 
I were to tell you 
that today's games 
are being used as 
military recruit- 
ing tools? 

Soon when you visit an Army re- 
cruiting center in your town, you just 
might be offered to play an online 
game instead of receiving a handful 
of pamphlets and some persuasive 
words from a recruiting officer. 

A new facility called "The Army 
Experience" filled with video games 
was set up in Philadelphia, Pa., in 
the Army's recruiting center at the 
Franklin Mills Mall to replace five 
traditional recruiting centers. 

So far, 33 individuals have 
joined up, along with five reservists, 
according to You can't 
argue with results, especially at a 
time when our military troop levels 
are low and we're busy with so many 
conflicts overseas. 

As a means to get individuals to 
enlist, especially younger men, you 
can't really do much better. 

The problem with this idea is the 

By offering a simulated combat 
experience, all you get are the posi- 
tives - patriotism and a sense of ac- 

There are quite a few things 
missing. You can't feel the loss of 
your fellow soldiers. You can't expe- 
rience the pain of being shot or fully 
comprehend that you are taking the 
lives of others. 

As a gamer, I myself can't get 
enough of first -person shooters, and 
my favorite two games just so hap- 
pen to be Call of Duty games. Both 
are military war games and both are 
filled with a not-so-subtle promotion 
for the United States Marines. 

The fighting is about as real- 
istic as you can get at the moment 
with both high definition video and 
sound, but what's missing is the in- 
teraction with the other three sens- 

You don't feel the gunshot to 
your leg or the kick of the rifle. You 
don't smell the burning flesh and 
smoke after an explosion. You don't 
taste the metal, dirt, blood and sweat 
of combat. 

I bet that if the individuals play- 
ing these games were actually shot 
with rubber bullets every time they 
were hit in the game, they'd soon put 
down that controller. 

A room full of games is much 
more of a relaxed environment com- 
pared to a traditional recruiting of- 
fice full of uniformed soldiers, and 
that's part of its allure. 

No more psychological pressure 
to join. 

Just have some fun playing your 
favorite games with friends. Let the 
game work its seductive charm on 
your brain. 

You'll be enlisting in no time. 

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In the midst 
of a trying period 
in United States 
history, Martin 
Luther King Jr. 
ratified and shook 
the nation so that 
much change was 

forced upon and digested by the citi- 
zens, marking a new era. 

He advocated hard work and 
nonviolence to the American people, 
along with his hope that all people 
should be treated as equals. 

The Civil Rights Movement 
dawned with his leadership during 
the December 1955 Montgomery 
Bus Boycott, and it ended with his 
assassination in April 1968. 

Somehow, if he could see what 
has transpired since his death, would 
he be pleased and his soul calmed, or 
would his death be in vain? 

For the accomplishments and 
years of struggle it has taken to 
change, I think he would feel indif- 

On the bright side we, as the 
children of our dear America, have 
come a long way and the lines have 
been erased. But occasionally we run 
into the less intelligent people who 
are stuck in the '30s, while the rest of 
us are continuing to move forward. 

After King made it to the prom- 

ised land, President Ronald Reagan 
signed a bill in King's honor and cre- 
ated a federal holiday, Martin Luther 
King Jr. Day, on Nov. 2, 1983, being 
observed on the third Monday in 

King's words of wisdom were 
supposed to guide the offspring of 
America and yet the majority of us 
do not celebrate it or acknowledge it 
as a true holiday. We look at it as a 
day off from school, work and regu- 
lar activities. We dismiss the mean- 
ing, strife and struggle put into mak- 
ing this holiday a day to reflect on all 
of our progress. 

We quickly forget what people 
have done for us. This man was 
brought to a young death because of 
the visions and corrections he was 
bringing to the offspring of America. 
His family has suffered without a 
husband and father, his congregation 
without a shepherd and America 
without her son bringing change to 
her in nonviolent ways. 

For all of these losses and people 
who mourn him, we should respect 
him enough to celebrate the holiday 
named for him, just like we do on 
June 10 [the day the federal govern- 
ment set the slaves free], July 4 and 
Valentine's Day. 

In memory of the rise and fall 
of King, children of America, please 
show remembrance for him and for 
the changes and risks that he took for 
you and all the generations to come. 

Be Frank: Don't drip dry 

Bethany Frank 

Staff Columnist 

Everyone has those moments. 

The project 
was put off until 
the last dog was 
dead. Now it is the 
night before and 
nothing seems to 
be working out. 

But procras- 
tination is always the best option. It 
clears the mind. It helps you focus. It 
forces you to get the job done. 

All are dumb excuses that every- 
one has used as defenses for attend- 
ing the string of parties or going to 
the movies or doing anything but the 
project at hand. 

The problem with procrasti- 
nation - eventually you will be the 
girl (or boy) caught with your pants 
down realizing there is no more toi- 
let paper. 

Almost every girl has experi- 
enced that moment. 

You were running late for class, 
and you already had to pee. But it is 
always better to be on time for class 
and pee later. 

By the time you have surpris- 
ingly sat through the hour-long class 
with your legs crossed hoping the 
professor dismisses early just to find 
out that today was the day he ran 
over. You sprint out of class and head 
for the bathroom. 

Of course, there is a line. 

Finally the time has come to 
take care of your business, and you 
don't take the few seconds to pick the 
stall that has toilet paper. And then it 
happens. The infamous drip dry be- 
cause you waited until there were no 

other options. 

Waiting didn't help you pee any 
better. All it did was add additional 
stress to your bladder and leave you 
hanging dry because there were only 
two inches of toilet paper left on the 

It is the same thing with a proj- 
ect. You wait to the last moment, and 
you aren't able to get the sources you 
needed or the supplies. 

Instead of working on the proj- 
ect three months ago when it was as- 
signed, you are stuck at 2 a.m. strug- 
gling to figure out which account to 
debit or how to appropriately iden- 
tify the source. It is too late to ask 
the instructor without looking like 
a complete slacker, and all of your 
friends have already gone to bed. 

The project isn't better, and you 
have successfully lost those few hours 
of sleep. 

Was it worth it? 

True, you might have obtained 
the A, but it wasn't because your 
mind was clearer or procrastination 
forced you to concentrate. It was 
because you are a smart person, or 
the instructor is just an easy grader. 
It means you met the base require- 
ments and you know how to fake it. 

As a result, you continue liv- 
ing your collegiate life in denial and 
fruitlessly stress yourself out each 
time a project is due. 

Make today the day you learn 
from your past experiences. It is a 
new semester filled with new proj- 
ects and exams and procrastination 

The challenge - don't take those 
opportunities. Find a new opportu- 
nity, and don't be the girl stuck drip- 

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Sports Co-Editors 
January 21, 2009 

BS'ing with the 
Bull: Really? 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The Arizona 
Cardinals are in 
the Super Bowl. 

I'm going to 
repeat myself just 
so you know that 
this is not an out- 
rageous typo. The Arizona Cardinals 
are in the Super Bowl. 

If you have followed the NFL for 
any length of time you should know 
that Arizona Cardinals and Super 
Bowl do not go in the same sentence. 
I mean, Arizona Cardinals and win- 
ning season barely fit into the same 

When the playoffs started a few 
weeks ago, had you told me that the 
Cardinals would be in the Super 
Bowl, not only would I have laughed 
at you, but also, I would have made 
fun and called friends and would 
have had a big party mocking either 
your stupidity or loyalty to the team. 

This is a team that went 9-7 in 
the regular season. They won the 
NFC West, which is the worst divi- 
sion in football. They lost four of 
their last six games coming into the 

Also, I feel this is important - six 
of their nine wins came against the 
San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams 
and Seattle Seahawks, who have a 
combined record of 13-35. So with 
all those precious nuggets of info, in 
no way, shape or form did I expect 
the Arizona Cardinals to be playing 
for the Super Bowl. 

Then came playoff time, and 
with still no hope in my mind, they 
played the Atlanta Falcons. I figured 
if the Cardinals were to win a game 
in the playoffs, this would be their 
best chance. They played a team with 
a rookie quarterback, maybe, just 
maybe they can squeeze this one out, 
and they did by a final of 30-24. 

That didn't shock me because I 
figured the 948-year-old Kurt Warner 
had a little magic left in his decrepit 
right arm. Then they had to play the 
second seeded Carolina Panthers in 
the divisional round. The final score 
was 33-13, just the way I had seen it 
in my mind before the game started. 

Except for one small overlooked 
detail - the Cardinals won. With 
that win they absolutely ruined any 
chances I had at winning my playoff 
bracket. So I thought they got lucky. 

No way it could happen again, 
right? Wrong. The Cardinals played 
host to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 
NFC Conference Championship. 

It was the first time the Cardinals 
franchise has ever been there, with 
the Eagles being led by head coach 
Andy Reid, who looks like Barf from 
Spaceballs, and quarterback Dono- 
van McNabb. 

There is no way the Cardinals 
are beating the Eagles. It just can't 
happen. Well, it can, and it did, 32- 
25. So, with my jaw still on the floor 
after watching the game and watch- 
ing the Arizona Cardinals just march 
their way through playoffs, I still 
haven't learned my lesson. 


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Lady Demons stumble on 
road for first conference loss 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Freshman point guard Demetria White (22) penetrates in a 
home victory for the Lady Demons. 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

After two dominating wins at 
home to open conference, the Lady 
Demons got their first loss in league 
play Saturday when they traveled to 
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. 

Three days prior to the defeat, 
NSU hosted the Lady Lions of South- 
eastern Louisiana University. 

The Lady Demons came into the 
game 1-0 in conference, atop their 

Nothing changed that, as the la- 
dies in purple and white continued 
home domination with a 66-43 win, 
moving to 8-0 in Prather Coliseum 
this season. 

"I feel like our guards pushed the 
ball hard in transition," head coach 
Jennifer Graf said. "Our post play- 
ers ran the floor hard. We just did an 
overall good job of moving the bas- 
ketball, getting down the floor quick 
and getting our spacing." 

NSU had only two players score 
in double figures, with freshman 
point guard Demetria White lead- 
ing the way with 19, also dishing out 
seven assists. 

Freshman forward Britany 

Kinlaw added 10 points and six re- 
bounds, sinking five of seven field 

The Lady Demons sank 43.1 
percent of their field goals, holding 
the Lady Lions to a staggering 22.1 
percent from the floor. 

"That's the best we've guarded 
all year," Graf said. "We work hard 
on the defensive end in practice and 
I preach defense to them, and they 
do a really good job with it and they 
did tonight. I feel like they did for 40 
minutes. For 40 minutes, we were in 
pass lanes, we were pressuring, we 
were boxing out and we were help- 
ing each other. It was a five-man ro- 

The Lady Demons put their 
conference record on the line, travel- 
ing to Corpus Christi, Texas. 

NSU lost by only nine points, 
61-52, but never led in the contest 
and never held a tie against the Lady 

The Lady Demons dropped to 
10-6 overall, 2-1 in conference. 

The game was an offensive 
struggle, as NSU sank only 27.1 per- 
cent of its field goals. 

TAMU-CC wasn't much bet- 
ter, netting 30.2 percent. Sophomore 

forward Jessica McPhail and White 
led the Lady Demons in scoring, 
each with 11. 

"When we were running our 
offense to start the game, I felt like 
we weren't attacking as hard," Graf 
said in the Demon Sports Network 
post-game show. "We picked that up, 
and we were able to attack the bas- 
ket. We were getting shots we want. 
You have to make the shots on the 
inside. When the shots aren't falling 
on the offensive side, you have to do 
five times as much on the defensive 

McPhail grabbed nine rebounds, 
while White struggled in the game. 
She committed six turnovers, having 
only one assist. 

She also struggled from the 
field, connecting on only two of 13 
field goals. 

Even with the loss, NSU still sits 
at the top of the East Division of the 
Southland Conference with South- 
eastern and Stephen F. Austin Uni- 

The Lady Demons continue 
conference play Saturday at Nicholls 
State University. Northwestern State's 
next home game is Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. 
in Prather Coliseum. 

Demons continue conference struggle 

Jake Cooper 

Sauce Reporter 

The Demons' hopes of breaking 
a four-game skid, which included two 
conference losses to Nicholls State 
University and Southeastern Louisi- 
ana University, were dashed Saturday 
afternoon when they dropped their 
third straight conference game in a 
69-68 heart-breaker to the recently 
hot Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Is- 
landers in Prather Coliseum. 

After laying an egg in Ham- 
mond on Wednesday, the Demons 
came out with a high-volume defen- 
sive intensity they had been lacking 
for the past week. In the first half, the 
Demons forced 14 turnovers to just 
10 by the Islanders and held them to 
only 22 points to NSU s 26. 

The second half was a differ- 
ent story. At the 10 minute mark in 
the half, the Islanders and Demons 
reached the bonus and the double 
bonus seven minutes later. 

Scoring was the story in the 
second half with both teams finding 
their rhythm and the charity stripe. 
There were six lead changes and two 

You could cut the tension with a 
butter knife all the way down to the 
final buzzer. With 15 seconds left in 
the game, the Demons trailed the Is- 
landers 67-62, and all hope seemed 

to be lost until the crowd erupted 
following senior guard Keithan Han- 
cock's second three of the game, cut- 
ting the lead to 2 points. 

Following an NSU timeout, 
Corpus Christi inbounded the ball 
to their point guard Tim Green, and 
he fell out-of-bounds turning the 
ball back over to the Demons giving 
them another big opportunity. 

They didn't disappoint. Senior 
forward Kalem Porterie dished the 
ball out to Hancock for three, and he 
nailed it with nine seconds left giving 
the Demons a one-point edge over 
the Islanders. 

The game was far from over, 
though. TAMU-CC inbounded the 
ball to Kevin Palmer, and he drove 
coast-to-coast flailing wildly in the 
lane only to finish with a little scoop 
lay-up reminiscent of a Tostitos com- 
mercial that fell anxiously through 
the hoop with .1 seconds reading on 
the game clock. 

As soon as the ball was inbound- 
ed, the buzzer sounded, signaling the 
end of the game and another Demon 

Head coach Mike McConathy 
started Porterie over Devin White, 
arguably the Demons' most explo- 
sive player, due to White's recent 
struggles and Porterie's spectacular 
play last Saturday against Nicholls. 
Porterie went 6-7 with 14 points in 

that game. 

Though he played well, Porterie 
saw fewer shooting opportunities de- 
spite hitting on his only three shots 
in the contest. 

He finished the game with 10 
points, and he assisted the three 
point jumper Hancock made to take 
the lead with nine seconds left. 

The recent trend of starting im- 
pact freshman in college basketball 
holds especially true for the Demons 
as true freshman center William 
Mosley turned in another impressive 
performance. Starting the young- 
ster was affirmed by his play. He got 
it done defensively with two blocks 
and three steals. 

His play on the boards was even 
more stellar; Mosley collected nine 
rebounds, four of which were on the 
offensive glass, in 29 minutes of play. 

Palmer of Corpus Christi led all 
scorers with 25 points followed by 
his teammate Tim Green with 21. 

Junior guard Michael McCon- 
athy and sophomore guard Damon 
Jones led the Demons with 12 points 
apiece followed by Porterie with 10 
and Hancock with 9. 

The Demons travel to Thibodaux 
to take on Nicholls this Saturday in 
an attempt to avenge a 9-point loss 
suffered in the conference opener. 
The loss drops the Demons to 0-3 in 
Southland Conference play. 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 

Junior guard Damon Jones (24) takes a jumper over a de- 
fender in a loss at Prather Coliseum. 

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Lady Demon Softball signs two-time 5A All-State infield- 
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with Texas prep standout Taylor McLoughlin. New Lady 
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father, like sons: McConathy boys continue family tradition 

Courtesy Photo/The Current Sauce 

Logan McConathy (left), Mike McConathy (center) and Michael McConathy (right). 

Spencer Pearson 

Sauce Reporter 

From an early age, John Michael 
McConathy was drawn toward bas- 

Sometimes in a more literal 
sense, a high school game had to be 
stopped when a young Mike McCo- 
nathy wandered onto the court. 

With a basketball coach as a fa- 
ther, young McConathy's exposure 
to the game affected him gready. 

His love of the game has guided 
his success in college as a player and 
as a head coach. 

Family has played an equally, if 
not more, important part in his life. 

As McConathy puts it, "When 
you're family oriented, you want to 
continue to be able to spend more 
time with family. I think family is so 
very important." 

Although being a head coach 

would normally mean spending less 
time with family, this is not the case. 

Unlike most college coaches, he 
has the opportunity to coach his two 

Growing up, Logan and Michael 
McConathy were exposed to basket- 
ball just like their father was. 

McConathy's sons were inspired 
to follow the footsteps of their fa- 

"I think just growing up around 
the gym, seeing Dad's teams playing 
basketball puts the desire and pas- 
sion in my heart to play," Michael 

3eing coached by their father, 
however, is not always an easy task, 
something both fathers and sons 
agree on. 

"I think the level of expecta- 
tion you have for your son is greater. 
They are not allowed to make the 
same mistakes that others are al- 

lowed to make. You try to be fair, but 
you don't treat everybody the same," 
Coach McConathy said of his sons. 

His sons are also aware of the 
potential downsides and say that it is 
crucial - and sometimes difficult - to 
be able to separate family dynamics 
from the court. 

When they step into the gym, 
the sons see Mike McConathy as a 
coach, and they are players just like 
anyone else. 

While they are aware of the 
difficulties, they said they see it as a 
blessing and are aware of how for- 
tunate they are to be able to play for 
"Coach Dad," as they call him. 

"It's a privilege. It's something 
that a lot of people would only dream 
of," Logan said. "Some people get to 
play for their parents when they are 
little and in junior high . . . and we get 
to play for our dad at one of the high- 
est levels, so it's a great opportunity." 


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SGA president sets precedence 

Bourque presents first State of the University address 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

SGA President Cody Bourque delivers NSU's first State of the University address at the Ora 
G. Williams television studio Monday night to a crowd of about 30 people. 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Monday night marked the first 
time in NSU history that a student 
government president has made an 
official State of the University address 
to the student body and faculty. 

The current SGA President 
Cody Bourque gave his speech in 
the Ora G. Williams television stu- 
dio upon the SGA approving of a bill 
in the spring semester of 2007 that 
made it a requirement of the SGA 
president to give an annual State of 
the University address. 

In an interview, Bourque said 
the purpose of the address is essen- 
tially to make students aware of what 
is going on around them. 

"It is directly for the student 
body," Bourque said. "It is meant to 
inform them and to let them know 
the direction that the SGA and the 

rest of the university is taking." 

Bourque said, however, that be- 
cause he feels the SGA already does a 
great job of informing the students, 
his speech simply served as an addi- 
tional opportunity for students to be 

"It's kind of like just putting the 
icing on the cake for us," Bourque 

In his speech, which lasted 
roughly 20 minutes, Bourque ad- 
dressed numerous issues. 

Initially, he discussed the sever- 
ity of the university's present situa- 
tion concerning its budget cuts and 
the measures that are being taken to 
alleviate that situation. 

"Our toughest times may lie 
ahead," Bourque said in his speech. 

The university is hoping for a 
spike in student enrollment and is 
examining student fee procedures to 
ease the current problem, Bourque 

An additional $35,000 per se- 
mester could be obtained from sim- 
ply reassessing fees, Bourque said. 

Bourque also stated that this is 
not a time for NSU students to be 
"idle and apathetic." 

As the State of the University 
address continued, Bourque men- 
tioned positive programs that have 
been taking place this academic year 
and the initiatives for the future. 

Bourque spoke highly of NSU's 
Go Green initiative, faculty exchange 
programs and the community service 
that the university has provided. 

The SGA will continue looking 
into establishing online voting and a 
paperless filing system on campus in 
the future, Bourque said. 

Additional issues that Bourque 
said he and the SGA plan to examine 
are keeping "constant communica- 

tion" with on-campus housing offi- 
cials, finding possible alternatives for 
the university's call boxes and trying 
to assess when the Purple Alert sys- 
tem will be used. 

There were about 30 people 
in the audience during the State of 
the University address, and the vast 
majority of those people are in the 

Some students were unaware 
that Bourques speech was even tak- 
ing place. 

After learning that the State 
of the University address would be 
taking place Monday night, junior 
general studies major Michael Hill 
said he would be interested in hear- 
ing what Bourque had to say. He 
added, however, that because he was 
informed on such short notice he 
doubted he would actually be able to 

Hill said the SGA certainly 
should have made the students more 
aware of the event. 

Other students, like freshman 
English major Contessa Wills, said 
that even if they had been informed 
about the speech, they did not think 
they would have attended. 

"Certain parts of the speech 
might be interesting, but for the most 
part I don't think I'd want to hear it," 
Wills said. 

In his interview, Bourque said 
he agreed with the students that the 
SGA did not put much emphasis on 
students attending the address. 

Because Bourques speech was 
filmed live and will air on the NSU 
22 station, Bourque said the SGA will 
make an effort to inform students on 
when the filming will be played. 

Bourque also said they will be 
encouraging students to view the 
speech later on YouTube. 

Impeachment hearing set for NSU chief justice 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation and NSU Supreme Court 
plan to hold a hearing next Monday 
to discuss and vote on the possible 
impeachment of Chief Justice Kyle 

According to the letter of formal 
notice of intent to impeach given 
to Domangue by SGA Speaker of 
the Senate Tim Gattie, Domangue's 
impeachment hearing is based on 
malfeasances to meet the standards 
outlined in the SGA constitution. 

Gattie, who initiated the im- 
peachment proceedings at the SGAs 
weekly meeting on Jan. 12, said in 
his letter that Domangue failed to at- 
tend SGA senate meetings, to attend 
SGA cabinet meetings and to call his 
court to order while serving as chief 

Domangue, who has been the 
chief justice since the fall semester, 
said he feels these accusations are 
not true or fair. 

"All three allegations are false," 
Domangue said. "I'm following the 

Domangue said he admits to 
missing one or two cabinet meetings 
but said his absences are justified. 

He said his position with the 
Supreme Court does not come with 
a scholarship like the SGA executive 
board members. Therefore, he had to 
miss some cabinet meetings because 
he had to earn money at his job. 

Domangue added that after 
looking through the SGA constitu- 
tion, he did not see where it is out- 
lined that he even has to attend SGA 
senate meetings. 

In reference to Domangue miss- 
ing cabinet meetings due to a con- 
flicting schedule, Gattie responded 

by saying that it is not a matter of 
why he missed the meetings, but 
simply that he failed to meet the re- 
quirement of attending meetings. 

Gattie said if Domangue knew 
he would not be able to meet this re- 
quirement because of any reason, he 
should have not originally taken the 

Diane Daniels, who is the aca- 
demic affairs commissioner for the 
SGA, said she shares Gatties opin- 

"In the constitution, there are 
guidelines outlined that have to be 
met, and if you don't do your job then 
you need to be called out on it," Dan- 
iels said. "I would want [Domangue] 
to do the same to me if I didn't do my 

Domangue also defended him- 
self by saying that the SGA did not 
make it a requirement for Domangue 
to call his court to order on a regular 
basis until late November of this aca- 
demic year. 

He said he made attempts be- 
fore the holidays to call the Supreme 
Court to order but was unable to 
meet quorum. 

Domangue added, however, that 
Gattie's third accusation should no 
longer be plausible because the Su- 
preme Court was called to order two 
weeks ago to address the constitu- 
tionality of the SGAs Bill FA08-030. 

Gattie responded by point- 
ing out that Domangue did not call 
his court to order until after he was 
aware of his possible impeachment. 

"I find it rather amazing that he 
spent the entire fall semester trying 
to call his court to order and finally 
succeeded just days after hearing of 
his impeachment," Gattie said. 

One member of the Supreme 
Court, Ryan Rushing, said he puts 
his full support behind Domangue. 

"Kyle is passionate about his job, 
and he has been trying to do his job," 
Rushing said. "If he was lackadaisi- 
cal about his job then that would be 
one thing, but he's not." 

Rushing, who has been a jus- 
tice since the fall semester, vouched 
for Domangue by saying that Do- 
mangue made several attempts to 
call his court to order. 

It was because of the justices' 
conflicting schedules and not hav- 
ing a fully staffed court that made 
it nearly impossible for Domangue 
to meet this requirement, Rushing 

Domangue said he thinks each 
of his justices will give him just 
as much support at the hearing as 
Rushing will. 

The SGA must provide a two- 
thirds vote in favor of the impeach- 
ment in order for Gattie to succeed 
in having Domangue removed from 
his position. 

Those within the SGA who are 
in the same fraternity as Domangue 
- including SGA President Cody 
Bourque - have said they intend on 
abstaining from the vote. Gattie said 
he commends these members who 
have recognized the need to avoid 
the conflict of interest. 

Normally the chief justice pre- 
sides over all impeachment hearings, 
but because it is the chief justice's po- 
sition that is in question, Gattie asked 
for a vote of censure by the senate to 
replace Domangue from presiding 
over his own hearing, which was ap- 

As a result, the Supreme Court 
met last night and voted for Austin 
Jesmore to preside over next week's 

Jesmore will essentially act as 
a judge would in a trial, Gattie ex- 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/ The Current Sauce 

NSU Supreme Court Chief Justice Kyle Domangue prepares 
for his court's upcoming hearing, which is set for next week. 

During the impeachment hear- 
ing, Gattie said he will have the first 
opportunity to state his argument 
and present his evidence. Then, Do- 
mangue will have an opportunity to 

After the two sides present their 
cases, the senate will then have the 
chance for discussion before making 
a vote. 

Although there was a split in the 
votes two weeks ago when the senate 
had to approve to have an impeach- 
ment hearing, Gattie said he thinks 
there will be more of a consensus af- 
ter the facts have been stated. 

"I think because a lot of people 

do not work closely with [Kyle], they 
do not fully understand why [the im- 
peachment] was brought up," Gattie 
said. "After 1 present my argument, 
however, I think the senate will have 
a better understanding." 

When asked how he might feel if 
he is indeed impeached, Domangue 
said he will probably have some hard 
feelings toward certain members 
of the SGA, but he also said he will 
mosdy be concerned for the univer- 

"I'd be bitter, but who will really 
win and lose in this situation?" Do- 
mangue said. "The school will just 
lose another justice." 


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Former tobacco researcher to speak to students 

Victor DeNoble sheds light on tobacco companies' schemes 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

Victor DeNoble will give a pre- 
sentation entitled "What The Tobac- 
co Companies Don't Want You To 
Know" on Monday. 

Tara Gallien of the eLearning 
Advisory Council - who is also co- 
ordinator of Fresh Campus NSU - 
invited DeNoble to talk to students 
and the community about the harm- 
ful effects of tobacco and the schemes 
employed by the tobacco industry. 

Fresh Campus is a student-led 
program working to equip students 
with the skills to implement social 
change emphasizing the dangers of 
tobacco use. 

According to myfreshcampus. 
com, statistics show that 28.2 percent 
of all college students nationwide use 
tobacco products. 

This study indicates that tobac- 
co use increases during young adult- 


Fresh Campus concerns itself 
with providing awareness of the 
damage tobacco use can cause, and 
DeNoble's mission is to expose the 
tactics of tobacco companies. The 
objective, however, isn't to shun to- 
bacco users. 

"We do not turn tobacco users 
away," Gallien said. "We want to in- 
form them and provide them with 
options because quitting smoking is 
oftentimes difficult." 

DeNoble's presentations have 
opened eyes nationwide. 

The Philip Morris tobacco com- 
pany approached DeNoble in 1979 
to find a nicotine counterpart that 
would retain the addictive qualities 
of the drug but not the harmful ef- 
fects on the heart. 

Philip Morris researchers had 
already found a way to remove to- 
bacco from cigarettes. Fearful that 
users would stop using tobacco due 

Photo courtesy of 

Dr. Victor DeNoble's 
research exposes several 
unknown truths that to- 
bacco companies hide from 

to the absence of nicotine, the com- 
pany hired DeNoble. 

DeNoble worked as an associ- 
ate senior scientist at the company in 
the behavioral research department 
where he conducted nicotine addic- 
tion studies using lab rats. All of De- 
Noble's work was done on the third 

"The third floor was where you 
stepped off the elevator and all the 
windows were painted black," De- 
Noble once said to the University of 
Notre Dame. 

"All the doors had special pass- 
es, all the rats that came in for our 
experiments came in at four o'clock 
in the morning, and not more than 
50 people in the whole world - 25 
people in that building - knew that 
[we] had a laboratory inside." 

In 1981, DeNoble found a way 
to create the nicotine-free cigarette. 
However, the company axed the 
manufacturing of the cigarette be- 

cause it would result in lack of sales 
of other types of cigarettes. 

He and his colleague Paul Meles 
were fired for the sensitivity of their 
research and took their findings all 
the way to Congress where they tes- 
tified against the tobacco industry. 

DeNoble refused to allow being 
hidden by the Secret Service and the 
FBI to stop him from informing the 
people of how their lives were being 
manipulated for the sake of money. 

He has withstood possible 
threats on his life and walked out 
on a fortune for his research all for 
the health and safety of the public, 
something he holds more dear than 
the almighty dollar. 

DeNoble's presentation will take 
place in the auditorium of the Loui- 
siana School for Math, Science and 
the Arts. 

Those who attend have the 
chance to register to win a $100 Tar- 
get gift card from Fresh Campus. 

Judicial hearing delayed 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

A technicality forced SGA Chief 
Justice Kyle Domangue to push back 
the date for a hearing about the con- 
stitutionality of the controversial ex- 
ecutive board scholarship bill. 

As required by the SGA con- 
stitution, Domangue must submit a 
letter detailing the time, location and 
subject of such a hearing to everyone 
whose name is on the bill. 

Domangue sent letters to many 
members of the SGA - including 
President Cody Bourque - but failed 
to send it to Dean of Students Chris 

"That's my fault, and I'll take 
responsibility for that," Domangue 


Bill FA08-030 reduced the 
scholarships of the executive board 
by a substantial amount. 

The president receives $3,000, 
the vice president $2,000 and the 
treasurer $1,000 per semester ac- 
cording to the legislation. 

But some members of the SGA, 
including Austin Jesmore, argue that 
the bylaw is in violation of Article 9, 
Section L, part D of the constitution, 
which states that a two-thirds vote is 
required for all bills with the excep- 

tion of a vote concerning the media 
board and the executive board schol- 

These two exceptions require a 
student body vote of approval, ac- 
cording to that section of the consti- 

"The constitution directly for- 
bids that action that they took," Jes- 
more said. 

Bourque explained that the 
scholarship cuts would give money 
back to the students and the SGA 

"My main reason for supporting 
it is that it really locks down the bud- 
get. You know exactly what you're 
going to be spending on scholar- 
ships," Bourque said. 

In addition to debating the con- 
stitutionality of the bill, those pres- 
ent at the meeting briefly discussed 
the possibility of including a defini- 
tion of the phrase "fiscal year" in the 
constitution to clarify exactly when 
the fiscal year begins and ends. 

Jesmore said this clarification 
would protect the current executive 
board so that if, halfway through a 
semester, the senate decided to cut 
the board's scholarships, it would not 
affect those in office. 

"We wanted to take this hit in- 
stead of next year's editorial board," 

Bourque said. 

He said the debate was no lon- 
ger about whether the bill was right 
or wrong. Now, it's up to the students 
of NSU to decide. 

"I will totally be in support of 
whatever decision the student body 
makes," Bourque said in an inter- 

Domangue said the constitution 
clearly states that the scholarship 
reduction is unacceptable without a 
student body vote. 

He also said he understood the 
executive board's reasons for want- 
ing the scholarships to change. 

"That's very commendable, but 
at the same time, it's just the legal- 
ity," Domangue said. "I'm not aiming 
to please the senate or the SGA, I'm 
aiming to please the students." 

Jesmore said the SGA must 
amend the constitution, remove the 
clause, have a student body vote and 
pass the bill through the student sen- 
ate in order to change the scholar- 

The scholarships were originally 
implemented to keep members of 
the executive board focused on their 
jobs in the SGA, Jesmore said. 

The new hearing will take place 
Tuesday at 8 p.m. in room 320 of the 
Friedman Student Union. 

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Making green the new purple 

Photo by Sarah Person/The Current Sauce 

NSU advertises its Go Green initiative with bright pink signs. 

Photo Illustration by Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

NSU students survive 
economic downturn 

Sarah Person 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU students are "going green". 

Jessica Scott, a sophomore Loui- 
siana Scholars' College student, is 
doing her best to clean up the envi- 

"I personally think that NSU 
going green is a great thing that the 
school is doing, with the bottle re- 
cycling in Bienvenu and everything 
else that we are doing to try and help 
our environment," Scott said. "It is 
hard for some people to break habits, 
but my roommates and I are no lon- 
ger throwing away our bottles. Soon 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Dead By Morning, a local band 
that includes several student mem- 
bers, is making its long-awaited re- 
turn to Natchitoches at a Push Amer- 
ica benefit concert in the Friedman 
Student Union this Friday at 7 p.m. 

The band's last performance at 
NSU took place more than a year 

Bass player and senior music ed- 
ucation major Mitch Moehring said 
that after touring in Louisiana and 
Texas, the band is excited to perform 
for all of their friends in Natchitoch- 
es again. 

In an interview, band members 
described their sound as "hardcore," 
metal," and "inspirational." Among 
the bands' favorite fellow performers 
are The Devil Wears Prada, A Day 
lb Remember, Marilyn Manson and 
August Burns Red. 

Members of Dead By Morning 
include vocalist Chad Bentley, an 
NSU alumnus, and guitarist Michael 
Belew, who recently earned his mu- 
sic education degree at NSU. 

Since their last performance 
in Natchitoches, the band has also 
welcomed the talents of a few new 
musicians. Joe DiMarco, sophomore 
music education major, plays drums, 
while Timathy Dorman, freshman 
theatre major, plays keyboard and 
"samples" - audio clips and sound 

A third new member, guitarist 
Gideon Cord Buchanan, is notori- 
ously absent for interviews. DiMarco 
and Belew insisted that he exists and 
will show his face at the concert on 
Friday, which aims to raise at least 
$500 for Push America. 

Dead By Morning's original 
lyrics promote positive messages, 
breaking the trend of hard rock's fo- 
<-us on death, depression and dark- 

we will be taking a trip to Bienvenu 
to drop off the bags of bottles that we 
have acquired." 

While agreeing that "going 
green" is good for the environment, 
Destin Cacioppo, senior business 
and Computer Information Systems 
major, thinks some companies have 
ulterior motives with this move- 

"I do think that going green 
does help our environment, but I 
also believe that corporations use it 
mainly for publicity, which to me is 
the wrong reason," Cacioppo said. 

This slogan has been used ram- 
pantly in the last year, but some may 

ness. Their songs that do delve into 
these subjects offer a light at the end 
of the tunnel - advice on how to 
get through tough times, Moehring 

Dorman added that the band's 
lyrics provide a refreshing contrast 
to those of other bands in the genre 
that students should be able to ap- 

"I think it's a chance for them to 
get to finally experience post-hard- 
core music that isn't just the status 
quo," Dorman said. 

Belew said the concert will also 
allow students to donate to a worthy 
cause that emphasizes empathy, abil- 
ities, teamwork and integrity. 

"I don't think there could be a 
better reason for the concert itself?' 
Belew said. 

Mandi Ridgdell, the reign- 
ing Miss Northwestern Lady of the 
Bracelet, organized "Rock and Roll 
for Push America" and based the 
philanthropy aspect of the event on 
her LOB platform. 

Ridgdell, who is dyslexic, said 
her personal understanding of peo- 
ple with disabilities and their need 
for support inspired this event. 

"I wanted to do something dif- 
ferent than just having a bake sale 
or selling T-shirts or something. I 
wanted something students could 
get involved in," Ridgdell said. 

The concert will feature perfor- 
mances by 6 Miles II Point and Ty- 
ler Read, two of Ridgdell's favorite 

"They're all awesome," she said. 

Ridgdell encourages all students 
to attend Friday and enjoy the mu- 
sic. She emphasized the benefits of 
contributing to an organization such 
as Push America and helping those 
with hardships. 

"It makes you realize how much 
you do have, and it also just puts a 
smile on their face," Ridgdell said. 

not even be sure what it means. 

Northwestern State has been a 
part of the change, which deals pri- 
marily with environmentally friend- 
ly concepts. 

Students are doing simple things 
such as walking to class, washing 
clothes in cold water, and even tak- 
ing shorter showers. 

Tips on how to "go green" are all 
over the Internet, including sites like, and 

University officials are seeking 
ways to promote this healthier life- 
style to the NSU community. Stu- 
dents are involved with this move- 
ment as well. 

Student Government Asso- 
ciation President Cody Bourque is 
aware of the students' efforts here at 

"It's not a current occurrence 
to see students as involved with this 
incentive at Northwestern, and it's 
a true testament of the ingenuity 
and character of our student body," 
Bourque said. "There are many pro- 
posals that could be put into action, 
and I applaud them." 

Fall 2008 brought unexpect- 
ed goals for one Group Dynamics 
course, which focused on "going 
green" all semester. 

The class was divided into two 
groups and each had different goals 
to accomplish. 

Some of the "green" goals were 
to recycle paper in the computer labs, 
purchase gazebos and even imple- 
ment butterfly gardens for campus 

A few more were to host a 
"green" carnival for the new college 
freshmen and bring plants to the 
classroom as well. 

The class also brought several 
other proposals to school officials' 

Bryan Johnson, a sophomore 
social work major, was in the Group 
Dynamics class. 

"The group dynamics class was 
given a chance to change certain 

policies and find beneficial concepts 
to add to the campus," Johnson said. 
"Knowing that Dr. Webb and other 
staff members actually care what the 
students have to say makes the job 
easier on giving ideas." 

John Foster, assistant professor 
in language and communication, 
was the instructor for the class, and 
said he believes in truly doing what 
you say. 

"Going green should never just 
be a slogan nor should it be imprac- 
tical. We need to look at the univer- 
sity environment and seek to make it 
a healthier and more cost-effective 
place to live. Whatever we do should 
also be exportable to the Natchitoch- 
es community and ultimately to the 
communities in which our students 
live after graduation," Foster said. 

Research day, April 2, will have 
a "green" theme as well. 

This focus isn't just for the class- 
room. The Student Activities Board 
and many RSOs have been part of 
recycling projects whereas others are 
eager to start. 

The athletic department has 
tried to get something in place, but 
nothing definite yet has happened 
according to Jodi Heinicka, senior 
woman's administrator academic ad- 

Steven Gruesbeck, director of 
service learning, looks forward to 
more of the initiative growing in a 
positive direction. 

"I am proud, but not at all sur- 
prised, that Northwestern has been 
so very enthusiastic about 'going 
green', Gruesbeck said. 

Ways to 
Go Green 

1. Bike or walk to class 

2. Carpool 

3. Take shorter showers 

4. Use less electricity 

5. Recycle 

6. Buy organic foods 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 
Shantell Huricks 

Sauce Reporter 

For some Northwestern State 
students, the recession has hit homes 
as well as pockets. 

The family of Nykeyia Taylor, a 
sophomore early childhood educa- 
tion major, has taken on the respon- 
sibility of taking care of an extra per- 

"My mama has taken in my sis- 
ter's baby, and baby stuff is expen- 
sive," Taylor said. "And she's paying 
for my tuition." 

Taylor, though, has decided that 
she needs to start shopping smart, 
so now she's visiting the dollar store 
more often. 

"I can't buy a gallon of milk like I 
need to," she said. " I have two boxes 
of cereal and only a half gallon of 

Other students have reduced 
down to Ramen Noodles, meals in 
cups, unsatisfying TV dinners and 
cheap foods to fit their budgets - liv- 
ing unhealthily to maintain a nonex- 
istent income. 

Junior family and consumer sci- 
ences major Amy Fox has been walk- 
ing to class more and now catches 
rides instead of driving her car all the 

Gas prices are steadily getting 
back to how they used to be. 

"I don't like how the gas prices 
are going back up," Fox said. 

What Fox is experiencing here is 
nothing compared to what her fam- 
ily is experiencing in New York. 

"Everything is too highly priced, 

Taylor Graves 

Sauce Reporter 

American Indian food, jewelry 
and dancing brought visitors ranging 
from elementary students to adults 
to campus for the NSU Pow Wow 
2009 on Saturday. 

The Office of Cultural Diversity 
and The Native American Culture 
Association sponsored and adver- 
tised this event. 

They advertised in newspapers 
and around campus, which paid off 
when various NSU students decided 
to attend the pow wow. 

Some students went for the fun 
and enjoyment, but others went be- 
cause of the heritage they share with 
American Indians. 

"I've gone to a lot of pow wows 
back in my hometown," Michael 
Ebarb, senior business major and 
American Indian said. "Plus I want- 
ed to see all the dances to get a better 
feel for my heritage." 

The Tunica-Biloxi tribe from 
Marksville sold traditional Ameri- 
can Indian food at the pow wow. 
Hominy and maque choux was a big 
hit with the attendees. 

Vendors from around the state 
sold items such as jewelry, dream 
catchers, blankets and books about 
American Indian crafts. Among 
these vendors was a couple selling 
jewelry from their collection at the 
Dry Creek Trading Company. 

such as gas and living [in New York]," 
she said. "The economy is worse." 

Sophomore hospitality, manage- 
ment and tourism major Addie Wi- 
negeart, though, hasn't been doing 
anything differently since the U.S. 
has been in this recession. She's just 
hoping things get better. 

"I hope the new president does a 
good job," Winegeart said. 

As part of his platform, newly 
elected President Barack Obama 
promised to get our economy out of 
this crisis. 

Now that he's in office, Winegart 
said she is praying he does what he 
has promised. 

"I feel Obama is going to do 
what he said," Taylor said. 

This year the Federal Budget 
predicts that Louisiana will spend 
$5 million on Operation: Iraqi Free- 
dom, according to nationalpriorities. 

With that money the state could 
pay for health care, homes with re- 
newable electricity, public safety of- 
ficers, music and art teachers, educa- 
tion scholarships, child health care, 
head start, elementary school teach- 
ers and port container inspectors - 
all for one year. 

In the presidential campaign, 
Obama said that he would pull the 
troops out within 16 months, which 
would save the U.S. a lot of money. 

The money would be put into 
good use instead for the things that 
citizens desperately need. 

Taylor said things are getting 
worse, but she has hope that the new 
presidential administration will re- 
deem and revive the crashing econ- 

As a retired couple, Frank and 
Glenda Fields said they started the 
company as a hobby to give them a 
way to travel. 

They go to pow wows through- 
out Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mex- 
ico, Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, 
some countries overseas and even 
cruise ships. 

This hobby began to grow, and 
they now own jewelry designed by 
150 artists from three tribes. 

The Navajo, Zuni and Hopi art- 
ists mostly use turquoise stones when 
creating their jewerly. 

"We probably have a piece of 
turquoise from every mine active 
in the United States," Glenda Fields 

The company is named after Dry 
Creek, a type of turquoise stone that 
can no longer be mined. The Fields 
said they also own the largest collec- 
tion of this type in the United States. 

Although this is a hobby that 
produces money, the Fields said that 
is not why they continue to do it. 

"We enjoy showing this, even if 
we don't sell anything," Glenda Fields 

The main event at the pow wow 
was the traditional American Indian 
dancing, beginning with court danc- 
ing that progressed into grand entry 
dancing, which is when all the danc- 
ers come to the stage and perform a 
traditional dance. Intertribal social 
dances followed. 


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Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
tladdOO 1 
January 28, 2009 

Administrator achieves top goal 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

Obtaining a dream has no time 
or age for Terrence Vinson, the 
youngest administrator in the Uni- 
versity College to obtain his doctor- 

Vinson's students appreciate his 
advice because they feel as though 
they can trust him and they believe 
in him. 

"I think he does a good job. I 
feels as though he genuinely cares 
about the students he advises," said 
Sakasha Jones, a junior general stud- 
ies major. 

Jones, like many other students, 
took orientation from Vinson, who 
later became her adviser. 

She said he provides a personal 
approach to advising that some other 
teachers don't offer. 

"Students want to see people 
who are real, and drastic times call 
for drastic measures," Vinson said. 

Vinson said he wants to motivate 
students to overcome their struggles 
and achieve their goals. 

He added that he hopes students 
can learn from his sacrifices and 

"I can relate to them from the 
perspective and problems. We can 
always find a solution," Vinson said. 

"I've had some of the same limi- 
tations, challenges, obstacles, and 
with the proper guidance, I was able 
to overcome it all. What makes me 
care so much is because I saw a need 

for a person students could identify 

Aiming for your dream? Not a 

The sky is the limit; dream big, 
and your product will be big, he 

"Getting my Ph.D. was a lifetime 
goal, a personal goal, in addition to 
allowing me to achieve my career 
goal of being a senior level higher 
education administrator," Vinson 

Vinson has been the academic 
coordinator, coordinator of Summer 
Bridge and an instructor for the Uni- 
versity College at NSU for the past 
five and a half years - and now, he 
has joined the ranks of NSU profes- 
sors who have their doctorates. 

Vinson, an NSU alumnus, re- 
ceived both his Bachelor of Science 
in psychology, master's of education, 
and Masters 30 + in educational 

Over the winter break Vinson 
received his doctorate of education 
with a concentration in develop- 
mental education and instructional 
systems and technology from Gram- 
bling State University. 

In his spare time, Vinson said he 
enjoys playing sports, reading, hunt- 
ing and surfing the Internet. 

He said he loves helping stu- 
dents attain their goals, and he dis- 
likes it when people don't have faith 
in their abilities. 

He plans to apply his new degree 
exclusively to the NSU students. 

Terrence Vinson, Ph.D., advises a student for May graduation. 

"I think overall my doctorate 
will assist me in the quality of in- 
struction, and designing more effec- 
tive programming for students. In 
addition I think I can focus more on 
helping students," Vinson said. 

In the future Vinson hopes to 
assist students from all social and 
economic backgrounds complete 
career backgrounds career research 
and professional development semi- 
nars at NSU. 

Vinson is very active in public 

He is a member of Kappa Alpha 
Psi Fraternity, Inc., his home chapter, 
Theta Lambda, is right here on NSU's 

Vinson also, is the Founder of 
FOUNTAIN H.O.P.E (Helping Oth- 
ers Prioritize Education), whilie 
serving as a board member for the 
Alliance for Community Develop- 
ment, Inc. 

Photo by Tori Ladd/The Current Sauce 

Vinson is affiliated with the Na- 
tional Association Development Ed- 
ucation, the National Academic Ad- 
vising Association and the Louisiana 
Academic Advising Association. 

The research for his doctorate 
focused on the Summer Bridge Pro- 
gram here at NSU. 

Summer Bridge is a program 
hosted by the Academic Center in 
the University College that was cre- 
ated for incoming freshmen who are 

transitioning from high school to 

Vinson's study focused on the 
relationship between Summer Bridge 
and non-Summer Bridge students' 
participation, demographics and 
high school academic performance. 

He also studied the effects that 
Summer Bridge had on students' 
grade point averages in his disserta- 

"The conclusion of my study 
indicated there was no significant 
difference between Summer Bridge 
and non-Summer Bridge students in 
terms of grade point average or re- 
tention," Vinson said. 

"Thus, this conclusion supports 
the hypothesis that Summer Bridge 
participation can positively affect a 
student's college grade point average 
and retention rate." 

Vinson said he feels as though 
this conclusion will provide facts and 
substantiation that Summer Bridge 
Programs are beneficial to students 
attending institutions of higher 

"Additionally this conclusion 
will allow me to continue serving as 
a national presenter for the National 
Association for Developmental Edu- 
cation," Vinson said. 

"With the U.S. Department of 
Education implementing Access and 
Success programs and standards, 
I know Summer Bridge Programs 
throughout the nation will need ex- 
perts and specialists to develop, en- 
hance and evaluate these programs." 

Program aims to nurture 
incoming freshmen 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

The NSU Quality Enhancement 
team is giving freshmen the oppor- 
tunity to decide what they want to do 
with their futures, without constantly 
changing their majors. 

Beginning in the fall 2009 se- 
mester, the Academic and Career 
Engagement Initiative will require 
incoming freshmen to meet with 
their advisers to help them find a ca- 
reer path that suits them. 

"A lot of students come to col- 
lege with an idea of what they want 
to do, but they haven't explored that 
option fully," Darlene Fox, executive 
director for ACE said. 

The ACE initiative was created 
after the Southern Association of 
Colleges required all universities to 
write a Quality Enhancement Plan. 

NSU found that there was a 
need for career support for students 
during the college years. 

"Teachers don't always have 
time to sit down and advise [the 
students]," ACE graduate assistant, 
Danyelle Laurent, said. "That's what 
we're here for." 

NSU's QEP states that all in- 
coming freshmen will be creating 
career portfolios in their Orienta- 
tion 1010 classes, which will include 
advanced career counseling sessions 
and assessments of students' learn- 
ing styles, personality types, interests 
and skills, in order to help them find 
a suitable career. 

For the first semester, however, 
only select colleges within the uni- 
versity will go through the program. 

Fox explained that this is be- 
cause of the recent budget cuts, and 
the program will hopefully be offered 
to more students in the future. 

Matt May, senior hospital- 
ity, management and tourism major, 
thinks the school is taking a step in 
the right direction. 

"Even though some freshmen 
might know what they want to do, 
they just don't know how to go about 
getting it," May said. "I think this will 
give them a goal to look forward to 
after they graduate." 

In addition to helping students 
choose a career path, the school 

hopes the ACE Initiative will encour- 
age students to do better in school, 
Fox said. 

"If they feel satisfied with that 
choice and they're very excited about 
their major, they will want to do well 
and be successful in college," Fox 

Although only a handful of 
freshmen will be selected to go 
through the program, any students 
are welcome to seek career guid- 

Those who are interested may 
visit the Center for Academic and 
Career Engagement in Room 305 of 
the Friedman Student Union from 8 
a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through 

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Joe Cunningham 
Opinions Editor 
January 28, 2009 


Israeli-Palestinian Conflict causes concerns 

Devon Drake 

Web Editor 

The Israeli - 
Palestinian con- 
flict recently 
heated up, leading 
to an Israeli cam- 
paign, Operation 
Cast Lead, pri- 
marily intended 

to stop Hamas rocket attacks against 
Israeli cities. 

Exploring the entire conflict 
would require a substantial amount 
of research, not to mention the 
amount of writing space it would 

So, with that in mind, I'm go- 
ing to focus on one element of the 
recent events that has bothered me 

immensely: Israel's strategy. 

I believe Israel's main focus 
should be returning control of Gaza 
to a party that will be more receptive 
to peace negotiations, such as the Al- 
Mustaqbal party. 

Achieving this goal, however, 
depends on Israel removing Hamas' 
appeal to the Palestinian people, a 
feat that, with reactions like Opera- 
tion Cast Lead, seems impossible. 

Operation Cast Lead, while fo- 
cused on Hamas militants, caused 
the death of a great deal of Pales- 
tinian civilians, with at least 280 of 
them being children, according to 
the Guardian U.K. 

Moreover, the Israeli army is 
accused of using white phosphorus 
(WP) bombs in high civilian areas, 
including a UN school, resulting in 

the death of several children. 

For those who don't know, white 
phosphorus is mainly known for the 
horrifying chemical burns that oc- 
cur through skin contact, as well as 
prolonged medical complications 
that result from phosphorus being 
absorbed into the body. 

For the Israelis, the civilians af- 
fected by WP weapons are an unfor- 
tunate occurrence in the middle of a 

For Hamas, however, the civil- 
ian deaths equate to one thing: a re- 
cruitment gold mine. 

Terrorist organizations thrive on 
the suffering of the very people they 
claim to support. 

I've read several stories from the 
Guardian that focus on the civilian 
victims of the Israeli attacks, most of 

which describe the horrifying deaths 
of Palestinians through the eyes of 
their friends and family. 

Imagine for a moment you are a 
child, no older than 13. 

You wake up one morning and 
walk outside with your family, head- 
ing out for a day at the market. 

In an instant, your life changes. 

Suddenly, you're on the ground, 
smoke envelops everything around 
you, the earth quakes, the only 
sounds you hear are explosions and 

You clamber to your feet, and, in 
a state of fright, scan your surround- 
ings, hoping to find your family safe. 

Instead, you find your father torn 
to pieces by shrapnel, your broth- 
ers and sisters shrieking in agony as 
white phosphorus razes their flesh 

and scalds their lungs, your mother 
buried under what used to be your 

For some Palestinian children, 
this is all they know of Israel. 

Hamas will use these experi- 
ences to convince young Palestinians 
to join their cause, enlisting a new 
generation of militants and perpetu- 
ating the ongoing cycle of violence 
between Palestine and Israel. 

However, if Israel refrains from 
future violence and focuses on re- 
painting Hamas' image in the eyes 
of the Palestinians, the recruitment 
abilities of Hamas will start to lose 
their effect. 

By not attacking Hamas, they 
reduce the chance of harming Ga- 
zan civilians, which removes one of 
Hamas' main methods of recruit- 

ment in their fight against Israel. 

Furthermore, if Israel can con- 
vince Palestinians that Hamas is 
stagnating and resisting attempts at 
peace, those who truly desire peace 
will shift their support to a party with 
the same ideals, eventually removing 
Hamas' control over the Gaza Strip. 

I believe Israel needs to cease fu- 
ture violence against the Gaza Strip 
and focus on changing the Palestin- 
ians' perception of Hamas, so that a 
positive Palestinian political party 
can gain power. 

Without a group in power that is 
willing to work for peace and to put a 
stop to violence, Israel will never find 

More Palestinians will die, more 
will turn to Hamas. The cycle of vio- 
lence will continue. 

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Be Frank: Even cookies kill 

Bethany Frank 

Staff Columnist 

In a world 
filled with auto- 
matic weaponry 
and atomic bombs, 
it is difficult to feel 

But it is even 
harder when we 
need to worry about a delectable 
cookie killing us or making us sick 
from Salmonella poisoning. 

When the weapons are in our 
hands, it is much easier to find safety 
and comfort, but not so much when 
they are pointed in our direction. 

All around us are facades to se- 
cure some image of safety, but they 
are just that: an image, a facade. 

Our beloved campus tries to 
protect us on a daily basis. They have 
beautiful massive gates at all but one 
of the entrances that lock at a specific 
time that appears to vary on a daily 

At the one un-gated entrance 

they have a uniformed individual 
deciding if and when this metal bar 
would lift for the incoming driver. 

The purpose of this is not clear. 
It is to be assumed that the bar keeps 
out bad individuals trying to get on 
campus, and our uniformed officers 
receive the honor of deciding who is 
bad and who isn't. 

The determining factors are 
still up for debate as to what defines 
someone at first glance as a bad indi- 
vidual, but be assured that once that 
is discovered, light on the subject 
will be shed. 

Students with IDs or parking 
tags shouldn't fear because that sim- 
ple sticker grants you permission to 
pass the bar. 

Friends of students who claim to 
be seeing a student shouldn't worry 
about being able to get on campus. 
Sometimes the officers ask your 
name and your purpose, but more 
often than not, they just lift the bar. 

So it is asked, whom or what are 
we protecting ourselves from? 

A few years ago, Virginia Tech 

witnessed a horrible massacre. A 
man felt it appropriate to bring a 
gun on campus and use it. The result: 
32 individuals died, and more were 

Fear conquered college campus- 
es, and faculty members struggled to 
provide a sense of safety. 

Some schools implemented 
emergency alert systems, others held 
safety meetings. Some even provided 
comfort by locking a gate. 

NSU is not a safe place because 
a gate closed. Students do not always 
do good things. 

If people wanted to do harm at 
NSU, they could get on campus. They 
could park at the library and walk. If 
they didn't want to park on campus, 
they could use any of the sidewalk 
entrances and waltz in. 

Or they could take the risk of 
driving past our uniformed officers, 
facing the metal pole and watching 
it rise as they are welcomed on cam- 

Last week, for the first time all 
semester, the Columns, a gated com- 

munity, locked its gates. Residents 
were provided with a code that hasn't 
changed in at least two years and of 
which most non-residents are aware. 

That gate has not made the 
apartments any safer. The policemen 
who drive through the complex don't 
provide an added security. It is, yet 
again, a facade. 

Safety is not in the hands of an 
institution, but in the individual. It 
would be wonderful if we could trust 
an institution to keep us safe, but 
that's not realistic. 

That doesn't mean students 
should exercise their right to bear 
arms on campus, because all that 
results in is more gunfire and more 

Students should be aware of 
their surroundings and of whom 
they can contact for support. 

In a world where a cookie can 
kill you, there is no way you could 
place your entire sense of safety in a 
higher institution. In today's world, 
the only one who can keep you safe 
is you. 

Abomination of Obamania: 

First family celebrity status a bit much 

Richelle Stephens 

Staff Columnist 

Every now and 
then a natural phe- 
nomenon occurs: I 
can't find anything 
worth watching on 

Then, and 
only then, will I 
resort to watching what are called 
"entertainment news shows." 

You know the type to which I 
refer: shows like "Extra," "Entertain- 
ment Tonight" and "Access Holly- 

They are traditionally sand- 
wiched between the 6 o'clock news 
and mediocre syndicated game shows 
and are notoriously sensational. 

But now said shows have gone 
too far, for they are diluting the sanc- 
tity of the Obama presidency by at- 
taching material value to it and devi- 
ating from the social awakening that 
resulted from it. 

Before you consider the above 
charges to be a bit harsh, consider the 
following: the top three "tags" on the 
"Entertainment Tonight" Web site 
are of Barack and Michelle Obama 
and last Tuesday's inauguration. 

Click on any of them and you'll 
discover stories such as celebrity 
reaction to the inauguration and 
Obama's "do-over" of the oath with a 
"celebs" tag also attached to that par- 
ticular story. 

Also found on the "Entertain- 
ment Tonight" site are stories on the 
new reality show for Michelle's hair- 
stylist and how both her and "Jackie 
O." are "First Ladies of Fashion!" 

I need to stop right there, for I'm 
perturbed indeed. 

The Obamas, whom I hold in 
high regard, are given the same ma- 
terialistic treatment on this Web site 
that novelty rehab-bound child star 
wash-ups receive on the same Web 

Michelle has become the Jackie 
Kennedy of our generation (which 

actually isn't that bad), but her style 
is dissected at greater detail than that 
of her husband's political decisions. 

Indeed, Obama's ascension to 
the highest position of power in the 
land is socially significant, but it 
seems as though all the wrong peo- 
ple are "cashing in" on the fact. 

By including inauguration cov- 
erage and what Michelle wore dur- 
ing the inaugural ball, oudets such 
as "Entertainment Tonight" hope for 
higher ratings and, in turn, more ad- 
vertising dollars. 

Is this the kind of message that 
we should be sending abroad when 
the world market is staring into the 
gaping maw of disaster and jobs are 
disappearing faster than small busi- 

I should hope to believe that 
Americans are better than to lion- 
ize politicians (and in this case, their 
wives) and disregard their potentially 
life-altering agendas. 

But then again, we'll idolize any- 
one these days. 

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Half the Battle: 

A game of telephone 

Joe Cunningham 

Opinions Editor 

Excuse me 
while I find a 
proper soapbox. 

First, I want 
to make it clear 
that I do not rep- 
resent the Well- 
ness, Recreation 
and Activity 

Center, known to most of you as the 

However, while I was working 
there last Wednesday, three people 
came running up to the front desk, 
where I was at the time, and told me 
someone was having a "big seizure." 

I called the supervisor, who ran 
up to the gym to check on the guy, 
leaving me to follow university pro- 

The protocol, mind you, is to 
call University Police, who will then 
call for an ambulance from the city. 

That's the rules. 

Imagine my surprise, though, 
when I call the University Police not 
once, not twice, but three times with 
no answer. I gave them a minute and 
a half for each call, hoping someone 
was just getting coffee. I finally got 
them on a fourth call. 

However, due to a lack of re- 
sponse, we also called 911, who an- 
swered on the first call and had a 
faster response time than the campus 

Five minutes after we finally 
got in touch with them, the cam- 

pus police called, angrily wondering 
why we called 911 and told them we 
couldn't get in touch with campus 
police when we clearly did. 

And we did get in touch with 
them... five minutes after the first 
call. Why were they mad? We were 
doing what we thought was best for a 
person's life. 

It's against the rules. 

The rules. They are always there 
to protect you and others. 

But what about the times when 
something falls through the cracks, 
like lines of contact with the police? 

The rules don't say what to do if 
you can't get in touch with University 
Police, and the policies make no ex- 

If they do, it doesn't matter, be-, 
cause they still get pissed at you. It's a 
lose-lose situation. 

Whether people take them seri- 
ously or call them "rent-a-cops", the 
fact is University Police don't have an 
intimidating presence on campus. 

A number of them are good 
guys, but, thanks to a few officers, 
the force isn't a deterrence to crime 
because they don't seem to take their 
jobs seriously. 

And, yet, they get upset that we 
infringe upon the jurisdiction that 
they don't seem to care about. 

Don't snap at me over the phone 
because I was trying to get some help 
for someone who was in trouble. 

It's part of my job, and some- 
thing that transcends any feelings of 
jurisdiction or policy. It's the right 
thing to do. 

Conservative questions focus 

Ruth Wisher 

Guest Columnist 

tions, Mr. Presi- 
dent. On Jan. 
20, 2009, Barack 
Obama was sworn 
in as the 44th pres- 
ident of the United 
States of America. 

As a hardcore conservative, this 
was a bittersweet day for me. It was a 
hard thing to watch a man who I feel 
is not right take the oath to become 
the leader of my country. 

Then again, most of you know 
what side I am on. There is much ex- 
citement in electing a new president. 

The whole process of it has al- 
ways been something that amazes 
me. It is a beautiful sight to see mil- 
lions of people lined up to see a man 
take the oath to become our leader. 

That being said, this inaugura- 
tion was completely different than 
the ones before. The focus of the day 
seemed more about it being "his- 
toric" than anything else. The presi- 
dent himself referred to the day be- 
ing "historic" more than once. When 
Rick Warren said the prayer, he talk- 
ed about the fact that Martin Luther 
King Jr. was "shouting in heaven." 

I just do not see why it has to be 
all about that. Yes, it is an amazing 

thing that we elected a black man 
as president. Doing so is something 
some of our parents and grandpar- 
ents would have never imagined 
happening because of how things 
used to be. 

But I do not think that should 
have been the main focus. What 
about who he is as a person? Besides 
being black, what kind of man is he? 
Besides speaking well, what is really 
behind what he is saying? 

An inauguration of a president 
should be a celebration of the chang- 
ing of power from one man to anoth- 
er. I watched every minute of Barack 
Obama's speech and can honesdy 
say I do not remember anything that 
made me say, "I wish I had voted for 

Obama is now entering his sec- 
ond week as our president, and I am 
hoping he will not come through 
with what he promised to everyone, 
because his promises are exacdy 
what will bring America down. 

The speech by the new president 
should include the realistic goals of 
his next four years. Instead, this day 
had a completely different meaning 
and focus. President Obama seems 
very convinced that our country is in 
turmoil, so instead of drawing atten- 
tion to himself, I wish he would show 
more of a love and deep concern for 
our country. 


Andy Bullard 
Fletcher Jonson 
Sports Co-Editors 
January 28, 2009 

Lady Demons cruise in SLCplay, 
sole possession of first in East 

Jake Cooper 

Sauce Reporter 

After suffering their first con- 
ference loss last weekend to Texas 
A&M-Corpus Christi, the Lady De- 
mons traveled to winless Nicholls 
State University for their second 
match-up in two weeks. 

In an attempt to avoid any sur- 
prises from the leagues cellar team, 
the Lady Demons rolled to a 81-68 
Southland Conference road win. 

The Lady Demons control the 
Southlands Eastern Division by a 
half game over Stephen F. Austin 
University with a 3-1 conference 
mark and 11-6 overall, and the Lady 
Colonels dropped to 0-16 overall and 
0-5 in the conference. 

NSU, despite fielding the young- 
est roster in the NCAA's Division 1, 
had great production from their two 
fledgling guards. 

Sophomore guard Brooke Shep- 
herd contributed with 17 points and 
freshman guard Demetria White 
added 14 along with 4 assists to lead 
the Lady Demons. 

NSU also had three other play- 
ers in double figures: Renotta Ed- 

wards 11, Britany Kinlaw 11, Sher- 
rion Thomas 10. Tiffanie Jones led 
the Lady Colonels with 20 points fol- 
lowed by 10 from Danielle Douglas 
and Portia Washington. 

In the first half, both teams had 
trouble handling the ball. The Lady 
Demons turned it over 12 times to 
Nicholls' 17. 

NSU's poor shooting perfor- 
mance from last week ended at NSU's 
opening possession when they took 
the first lead of the game on a Brooke 
Shepherd three-pointer only 40 sec- 
onds in. 

Despite their improved efforts, 
the Lady Demons were outshot and 
outrebounded by the Lady Colonels 
but somehow clung to a 47-41 ad- 
vantage at the half. 

At the start of the second half, 
the Lady Demons continued to be 
plagued by turnovers, and they al- 
lowed the Lady Colonels to creep 
within 4 points. 

Feeling the heat, NSU put the 
pedal to the metal and went on a 
10-0 run to stretch the lead to 14. 

They never looked back. The 
Lady Colonels never got closer than 
six, and with two minutes left in the 

game the lead was pushed back out 
to 17. 

NSU forced 30 turnovers during 
the game, and they outscored Nich- 
olls 31-16 in points off turnovers. 

Regardless of the score, Nicholls 
did outplay NSU in one very impor- 
tant category: rebounding. 

The Lady Colonels hit the glass 
hard, collecting 45 rebounds to 
NSU's 37. 

The Lady Demons' frontcourt 
was outrebounded by a smaller, more 
active team with not a single win to 
their credit. 

On the other hand, NSU's sti- 
fling defense held the Lady Colonels 
to 27 second-half points on 31 per- 
cent shooting. 

The Lady Demons are set to take 
action Wednesday at 7 p.m. against 
an old conference rival and peren- 
nial power in Stephen F. Austin. The 
Lady Demons boast the best record 
in the east. 

With a win this week, NSU will 
have a big leg up on the competi- 
tion vying for the Eastern Division 
Championship and the coveted first 
round home game in the Southland 
Conference tournament. 

Photo by Gary HardamonfThe Current Sauce 

Sophomore guard Brooke Shepherd (3) drives past a de- 
fender as the Lady Demons continue conference success. 

Demon hoop squad suffers 4th straight conference loss, 7th overall 

Photo by Gary Hardamon/The Current Sauce 
Sophomore guard Damon Jones (24) penetrates into the lane, scoring two of his 13. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

The NSU Demon basketball 
team is on a slippery slope losing 
its first four Southland Conference 
games and its last seven overall, the 
latest of which was an 85-69 drum- 
ming by the Nicholls State Colonels. 

The free throw shooting was an 
Achilles' heel for the Demons. They 
shot only 50 percent from the free- 
throw line (18-36), while the Colo- 
nels shot 85 percent from the charity 
stripe, going 34-40. 

"They shot 85 percent from the 
free-throw line, while we barely shot 
50," head coach Mike McConathy 

"They beat us by 16 with 15 of 
those points coming from the free- 
throw line. With numbers like that it 
puts a lot of pressure on our offense. 
If someone gives you free shots at 
points, you need to capitalize on 

The Demons had the lead ear- 
ly in the second half at 44-41, but 
streaks was the name of the game 
for the Colonels, who went on a 12-2 

streak to bring the score to 53-46 
with 12 minutes left in the game. 

The Demons were able to close 
the gap to 53-52 with 11:10 left on 
the clock, but the Colonels were able 
to hold the Demons scoreless for the 
next four and a half minutes as they 
scored 1 1 unanswered points. 

"We just went cold," freshman 
forward William Mosley said. "We 
just couldn't seem to make the ball 
go in the basket. A relatively simple 
task, since we are playing basket- 

The few bright spots for the De- 
mons were senior forward Kalem 
Porterie who scored a career- best 16 
points, while also pulling down eight 

Porterie shot 70 percent for the 
game going 7- 10 from the floor. 

Junior guard Michael McCon- 
athy and senior guard Damon Jones 
also scored in double digits with 10 
and 1 3 respectively. 

"Unfortunately, the only thing 
we did well other than playing hard 
for 40 minutes was struggle from the 
free-throw line," McConathy said. 

This loss drops the Demons to 

8-11 overall and 0-4 in conference 

With a quarter of the conference 
game out of the way, the Demons 
are going to have to find a way to 
put an end to this seven-game losing 

This current streak the Demons 
are on matches the longest streak in 
coach McConathy s 10 seasons here 
at NSU. 

The last time the Demons were 
on this long of a skid was in the 
2002-2003 season. 

Ironically enough, this team 
and that team have something in 
common - they are both extremely 

The Demons return to action to- 
night as they travel to Nacogdoches, 
Texas, to take on the Stephen F. Aus- 
tin Lumberjacks. 

The Lumberjacks come into 
the game atop the Eastern Division 
of the Southland Conference at 4-1, 
12-5 overall, while the Demons sit 
alone at the bottom. 

They will return home Satur- 
day to take on the Central Arkansas 
Bears. Game time is set for 2 p.m. 

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Fourth and Fletch: 
For love of the 
game or money? 

Fletcher Jonson 

Sports Co-Editor 

My friends 
and I often have 
about things we 
could change in 
sports if we had 
the opportunity. 

There are 
things that come 

to mind, such as: abolishing the Bowl 
Championship Series, more com- 
monly known as the BCS, and de- 
veloping a playoff system; changing 
the overtime rules for the National 
Football League; and the way teams 
are seeded in the NFL playoffs. 

There are portions of each of 
these that I would like to change, but 
these are not even close to the top of 
my list. The one thing that has always 
bothered me is the salary these ath- 
letes "earn." 

I put that word in quotations 
because they have not really earned 
these millions. Why do they deserve 
mass amounts of dough? 

The New York Yankees spent 
nearly half of a billion dollars on 
three players during the offseason. 
Three? Seriously? Most of us won't 
see that much money in a lifetime, 
which is a crying shame. The salary 
cap for an NFL team was approxi- 
mately $116 million in 2008, accord- 
ing to 

Players who have been around 
for 10 or more years are guaranteed 
more than $800,000 annually. 

This is just an unbelievable 
number. I know they entertain and 
give us something to do on Sundays, 
but we have to remember - it's still 
only a game. 

Shouldn't the people who influ- 
ence and affect our lives be the ones 
who deserve the cash? The ones I am 
talking about are teachers, doctors, 
nurses, firefighters, policemen and 
the other great ones who actually 
have an effect on our daily lives. 

I must admit that I am biased 
because my mother is a teacher and 
administrator at the high school 
from which I graduated. My mother 
was nominated for the MPSA (Mis- 
sissippi Private School Association) 
Teacher of the Year award. 

She completed all of the neces- 
sary requirements for the competi- 
tion and was later rewarded the great 
honor. How is it fair for someone to 
be the greatest teacher in her associa- 
tion and be paid less than $45,000 a 

If someone in the NFL, NBA, 
NHL or MLB was selected as a league 
M.V.P., they would expect a raise. 

People extol these athletes and 
lift them up on pedestals because 
they hit 60 home runs in a year. That 
is impressive, but it's not important. 

Do these athletes play because 
they love the game or because they 
know they can make millions? 

I know that many educators, 
who are completely capable of doing 
other things, take salary cuts because 
they love teaching. We forget the im- 
portant aspects of life and take them 
for granted. 

Don't the teachers who educate, 
the doctors who heal, the firefighters 
who extinguish and the cops who 
enforce deserve the millions? 

I think so. 

This is an opinion column. Please 
refer to the policy on the Opinions 

Upcoming Demon athletic events 

Jan. 28 

WBB vs. Stephen F. Austin 7 p.m. 

Feb. 4 

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Jan. 28 

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Feb 4 

MBB @ McNeese St. 

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Jan. 30-31 

Track @ Houston Invitationa All Day 

Feb. 6-7 

SB @ S. Alabama Tourney 

4 p.m. 

Jan. 31 

MBB vs. Central Arkansas 2 p.m. 

Feb. 7 

MBB vs. Texas-Arlington 

2 p.m. 

Jan. 31 

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Chief justice remains in office 

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NSU Supreme Court Justice Paul Shelton answers questions at Monday's impeachment 
hearing concerning whether Chief Justice Kyle Domangue fulfilled his duties. 

/ / / / 

David Royal 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation voted against removing 
NSU Supreme Court Justice Kyle 
Domangue in his hearing Monday 
night - nine voted in favor of the im- 
peachment, 1 1 against. 

The goal of the hearing, which 
was held shortly after the SGA's 
weekly meeting, was for the senate 

to determine whether Domangue 
has met the requirements of his posi- 
tion as chief justice, and if he has not, 
whether the senate thinks he should 
be removed from office. 

The proceedings of the hear- 
ing were organized like a traditional 
court case, with Supreme Court Jus- 
tice Austin Jesmore presiding. 

The Supreme Court voted last 
week for Jesmore to serve as interim 
chief justice while the impeachment 

proceedings took place. 

In accordance with the univer- 
sity's constitution, the plaintiff Tim 
Gattie first presented his argument. 

Gattie, who is speaker of the 
senate for the SGA, presented several 
items as evidence for the senate, in- 
cluding a letter from SGA Vice Presi- 
dent Mark Daniels, who was unable 
to attend the hearing. 

The letter stated that to Daniels' 
knowledge Domangue had only at- 

tended one cabinet meeting since 
taking his position and not fulfilled 
all of his duties in the fall semester. 

Gattie then called one of Do- 
mangue's justices, Paul Shelton, as 
his witness. 

Shelton read aloud several sec- 
tions of the SGA constitution that 
outlined Domangue's duties. 

Gattie then asked him if he felt 
that Domangue met these require- 

Shelton responded to these 
questions by saying he thought Do- 
mangue did not meet them. 

"I would say even if he was fa- 
miliar [with the rules] he neglected 
his duties," Shelton answered Gattie. 

Then, Domangue had the op- 
portunity to question Shelton. 

Domangue asked Shelton who 
he thought has the best knowledge of 
the constitution and court proceed- 
ings on the Supreme Court. 

Shelton responded by saying 
he thought Domangue has the best 
knowledge, but added that he does 
not even know three of the other jus- 
tices on the court or their knowledge 
concerning the subject. 

Domangue also called interim 
Chief Justice Jesmore and Justice 
Ryan Rushing as his witnesses on 

Domangue asked both Jesmore 
and Rushing if they thought he had 
given ample warning of when their 
meetings would be held, which was 
an argument Gattie had made earlier 
in the hearin. Both agreed that Do- 
mangue gave them enough time. 

While being questioned, Jes- 
more added that he felt Domangue's 
knowledge of the university's judicial 
process and understanding of the 
constitution is "very strong." 

After both the plaintiff and de- 
fendant presented their arguments, 
the senate discussed amongst itself 

and asked both parties questions to 
clarify what they had just heard. 

SGA senator Megan Cullen, 
who was the first to speak, defended 

"If you look at the bylaws of the 
constitution, [Domangue] hasn't 
done anything wrong," Cullen said. 

Cullen also encouraged the sen- 
ate not to let personal feelings get in 
the way of its decision. 

Academic Affairs Commission- 
er Dianne Daniels, however, took the 
opportunity in the discussion period 
to clarify that Domangue had not in 
fact attended a cabinet meeting this 
semester and that he had not pre- 
sented SGA President Cody Bourque 
with an excuse. 

During this time, Shelton also 
addressed everyone in attendance by 
saying that his decision to speak as 
Gattie's witness was not because of 
anything personal concerning Do- 
mangue, and that he was speaking 
on the "business aspect" of the situa- 

After the discussion period end- 
ed, the senate voted by written bal- 

Jesmore announced the verdict 
and members of the senate and the 
audience began clapping until SGA 
Treasurer Lauren Michel called the 
room to order. 

Once the hearing was complete, 
there were mixed emotions amongst 
the audience. 

Shelton said wished to give no 
comment concerning how he felt 
about the result of the hearing for the 
better sake of the Supreme Court. 

All Gattie said was that he hopes 
the proceedings revealed the prob- 
lems within the court so that they 
may be corrected. 

Domangue said he had no com- 
ment on the outcome of the im- 
peachment hearing. 

New clicker system 
engages students 

Taylor Graves 

Sauce Reporter 

Some NSU professors are re- 
quiring students to purchase The 
Personal Response System, better 
known as "clickers." 

Each device has a unique user- 
name, so when a student turns the 
clicker on, the teacher can count that 
student present. 

The clickers also allow students 
to participate in the classroom by an- 
swering multiple choice or yes or no 
questions the teacher asks. 

When the students answer these 
questions, the professor can see if a 
majority of the class understands the 
material or not. 

This helps teachers move on 
with easier subjects and spend more 
time on the harder subjects for stu- 

Right now, the clickers are 
mainly used for the large freshman 
and sophomore math and science 
classes, but professors in other sub- 
jects and higher levels are also start- 
ing to move toward using the clicker 

"As professors realize the impact 
clickers can have and see the value 
firsthand, more and more will gravi- 
tate to using them in their classes," 
Mark Thompson, math professor at 
NSU, said. 

The clicker has helped Kali Dav- 
enport, a freshman music education 
major, pay more attention in class. 
She said she has bad habits of texting 
and not fully listening. 

Although the clickers are sup- 
posed to help teachers and students 
in the classroom, some students 
question whether the clickers are ac- 
tually helping, and not all students 
are finding the clickers helpful dur- 
ing class time. 

Bee Guzzardi, a freshman biol- 
ogy major, said her biology teacher 
doesn't even know how to work the 
system, so students don't really use 

Although students disagree on 
the helpfulness of the clicker, there 
seems to be an agreement on the 
problem of a new cost added to the 
already expensive textbook and col- 
lege tuition fees. 

The clickers range from $50 to 
$55 at the three bookstores around 

"I'd have to say it hurt me finan- 
cially," Davenport said. "I'm taking 
out loans as it is, and an extra 50 
bucks thrown out there is an extra 50 

Davenport said she would have 
spent the extra money on food or 
gas. Other students said they would 
have used it to cover other college 

"I had to choose between buy- 
ing books or the clicker," Guzzardi 
said. "So, I would have bought my 
books for class instead." 

Although the clicker may not 
cost as much as a textbook, students 
may not be able to sell the clickers 
back when they are finished with 

Management from the three 
NSU bookstores are all unsure if the 
device can be reused, but if it can be, 
all the bookstores agree the clicker 
will be treated like a textbook when 
being resold. 

Even if the device can be reused, 
students may think before reselling 
their clickers, because the clicker 
can be used in multiple courses over 
multiple semesters. 

The technology is new to NSU 
faculty and students, but it looks like 
the clickers will be around for the 
foreseeable future. 

Photos by Leigh Guidry/The Current Sauce 

Above: Deondre Smith, a freshman engineering major, uses 
his "clicker" to answer a question in math class. 

Below: The clicker device resembles a cross between a cal- 
culator and a TV remote control. 

Debt waiver 

Tiffany Thomas 

Freshman Scholar 

All students with debt to the 
university less than $2000 had the 
opportunity to waive payment until 

Letters went out on Jan. 12 in- 
forming students and parents that 
the deadline for those with outstand- 
ing balances had been extended from 
Jan. 9 until Jan 30. 

The waiver, approved by Thom- 
as Hanson, Vice President of Student 
and Academic Affairs and Provost, 
took a little of the heat off students. 

Hanson couldn't elaborate on 
whether or not enrollment was an 
issue in approving the waiver, but ei- 
ther way, many students are grateful. 

Crystalyn Wfiitaker, freshman 
liberal arts student, said she greatly 
appreciated it. 

"There were books that I needed 
and luckily I borrowed a few from 
friends, but the waiver helped my 
mom out a little and she didn't have 
to worry about the original, early 
deadline," Whitaker said. 

Other students didn't know 
about the waiver until they had al- 
ready paid. 

"I scrambled to pay that money, 
and either way, I would have [paid 
the debt] whether it was on the 
ninth or the 30th," Andrea Pugh, a 
freshman psychology major said. "I 
could really care less because worry- 
ing about how or if I could pay the 
school nearly drove me insane." 

It is unclear how many waivers 
the university has approved in the 
past or if any will pass in the future. 

Many students have said the 
possibility of not being able to pay at 
all is stressful enough, but for some, 
debt waivers provide that window of 


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SGA bill deemed unconstitutional 



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Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

After weeks of deliberation, the 
NSU Supreme Court voted Tuesday 
that the lowering of executive board 
scholarships was unconstitutional. 

A section of the Student Gov- 
ernment Association constitution 
- Article 4, section 4, letter B - was 
deemed invalid and will remain as 
such until students have the oppor- 
tunity to vote on the status of the 
executive board scholarships in the 

NSU Supreme Court Chief 
Justice Kyle Domangue and Justice 
Austin Jesmore headed up the hear- 
ing. Jesmore explained that the 
bylaw clearly violates Article 9, Sec- 
tion 1, part D of the constitution, 
which states that a two-thirds vote 
is required for all bills except those 
concerning the media board and the 
executive board scholarship. 

The exceptions require a student 
body vote. 

SGA Treasurer Lauren Michel, a 
member of the executive board, said 

she has been in support of the bill 
since it was introduced even though 
it reduced her scholarship by ap- 
proximately $1,000. 

The SGA budget is about 
$14,000 each semester - and more 
than $9,000 was appropriated for the 
executive board's scholarships, Mi- 
chel said. 

"When I realized that, I said, 
'We've got to make a decision. Do we 
want to be a body that only governs 
and does not have any programming 
and does not use the students' mon- 
ey to help them - we use it only for 
ourselves? Or do we want to lower 
our scholarships, put a little more 
money in the budget and allow for 
more student-oriented things?"' 

In order to allocate that money 
elsewhere in ways that might be 
more helpful to the student body, the 
executive board opted to sacrifice a 
portion of their scholarships. SGA 
President Cody Bourque, SGA Vice 
President Mark Daniels and Michel 
all voluntarily reduced their scholar- 
ships this semester. 

Michel said the money may be 

funneled into various activities and 
student giveaways. 

"We're not partial or impartial, 
but for us to have jurisdiction over 
this thing, we found a discrepancy 
with the whole thing," Chijef Justice 
Domangue said. 

Domangue explained that the 
way the vote was handled was uncon- 
stitutional - but added that depend- 
ing on the way readers interpret the 

constitution, the scholarship changes 
themselves may be unconstitutional. 

During the meeting, Daniels 
pointed out that he and the rest of 
the executive board voluntarily low- 
ered their scholarships. 

"This has not been implemented 
because it has not been voted on by 
the students," Daniels said. "And this 
will be put up for students in the 
spring. But, to be put on the ballot, 

it must be passed through the senate 

After much deliberation, the 
justices called for a vote and made 
their decision in private. 

Just before the close of the meet- 
ing, Domangue asked if there were 
any additional comments. 

"When I gather enough good 
stuff together, I'll come back and ap- 
peal it to you," Daniels responded. 


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Sanctions reform Theta-Mu 
2009 chapter membership 

David Royal 

News Editor 

Members of the NSU Theta- 
Mu chapter of Kappa Sigma frater- 
nity have completed the disciplin- 
ary sanctions given to them by their 
national headquarters as a result of 
their actions at a social event held in 
the fall 2008 semester. 

The Internal Board of Directors 
for Kappa Sigma fraternity deemed 
that the NSU 
"slave auc- 
tion" that 
took place on 
Oct. 15, 2008 
violated the 
Code of Eth- 
ics and vot- 
ed that the 
chapter de- 
served to be 


given to the chapter included writ- 
ing an apology letter to the fraternity 

and university, receiving sensitivity 
training from a professional facilita- 
tor and being placed on an alcohol- 
free status, said Mitchell Wilson, 
executive director of Kappa Sigma 

Wilson said, however, the chap- 
ter will remain on an alcohol-free 
status for at least the remainder of 
the year. 

Dean of Students Chris Maggio 
said university officials continued to 
work closely with the Internal Board 
of Directors 
after the inves- 
tigation was 
completed to 
help ensure 
that the sanc- 
tions placed 
by the national 
were enforced. 

added that the 
young men 
met these stan- 
dards and acted in a mature manner. 
"They are responding positive- 

ly," Maggio said. 

Additionally, the chapter un- 
derwent a complete membership re- 

Wilson explained that the re- 
view consisted of the Internal Board 
of Directors sending officials to NSU 
to investigate each member of the 
Theta-Mu chapter. 

Although he said he wished to 
keep the membership status private, 
Wilson did confirm that changes 
were made within the chapter. 

Maggio also said he could not go 
into detail of the results of the mem- 
bership review, but confirmed what 
Wilson said. 

"The chapter was thoroughly 
looked at, and substantial changes 
to membership were made," Maggio 

Maggio said that although this 
was a tense time for the NSU chap- 
ter, those who have gone through 
this experience have learned a great 

"The sanctions they faced were 
strict, but I think they're a better, 
stronger chapter because of them," 
Maggio said. 

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Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 
Friday: 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Sunday: 1-5 p.m. 

Tori Ladd 

Life Editor 

NSU has graced its students 
with many luxuries, including the 
Wellness, Recreation and Activity 

Monday kicked off the fourth 
annual Fit Challenge hosted by the 
WRAC. There are two divisions in 
the challenge: students and patrons. 
So far there are 101 participants 
comprising 24 patrons and 77 stu- 
dents. There are 26 teams. 

The outcome is yet to be deter- 
mined, but there are some returning 
teams and even new alliances. 

"I also see some new teams load- 
ed with very consistent participants 
on board, so I could be upset," Well- 
ness Coordinator Kendra Broussard 
said. "I do hope that there is some 
healthy competition formed between 

At the end of the competition, 
winners will receive prizes, but they 
have not been decided yet. 

"This is the second time that 
the Fit Challenge has been under my 
supervision," Broussard said. "The 
Fit Challenges goal is to encourage 
participants to use all of the ameni- 
ties that the WRAC has to offer and 
to encourage variety in workouts 
to keep the muscles stimulated and 

The WRAC does offer major 
incentive programs a year, one each 

Some of the other events are the 
"Heart Healthy Quiz," to be held Feb. 
9-13, and "12 Days of Christmas" 
Giveaway, and something to look 

Photo by Larrie King/The Current Sauce 

Students take advantage of the cardio machines on the basement floor of the WRAC. 

forward to in the future is the "Big- 
gest Loser Competition." 

The WRAC offers intramural 
events, Patron of the Month ac- 
knowledgement and guest speakers. 
The WRAC also participates in the 

The WRAC was built in August 
2005 on campus adjacent to Roy Hall. 
The 90,000 sq. ft. facility houses two 
gyms with four basketball courts; a 

3,000 sq. ft. free weights area; 2,800 
sq. ft. strength machine weight area; 
2,800 sq. ft. cardio-equipment area; 
group exercise studio; spin cycle 
class studio; fitness assessment lab; 
game room; three racquetball courts; 
men's locker areas; women's locker 
areas; two steam rooms; massage 
room; equipment service center; stu- 
dent cafe; meeting rooms; 1/9 mile 
indoor track; and all of the NSU De- 

partment of Wellness 8c Recreation 
Administrative staff offices. 

All full-time students with a 
present valid NSU ID can participate 
in the Fit Challenge as well as those 
who use the facility and pay the ap- 
propriate fees - NSU faculty and staff, 
retired university employees, NSU 
alumni, guests and students from the 
Louisiana School of Math, Sciences, 
and the Arts. 

Ladies prepare for Bracelet battle 

Kelli Fontenot 

Associate Editor/Copy Editor 

Five Lady of the Bracelet pag- 
eant contestants met on a Thursday 
night to discuss pageant regulations, 
the rehearsal schedule, and of course, 
a few infamous interview questions 

"What is your favorite book anc 
why?" is one classic. 

"I actually really did like Dante's 
'Inferno,' but I don't think that will go 
over really well," Lady of the Bracelet 
contestant and junior liberal arts ma- 
jor Shanice Major said. 

Sitting around a table in the Stu- 
dent Activities Board office, the oth- 
er contestants laughed and chimed 
in with some of their beloved titles. 

"Somebody's going to say 'Twi- 
light,' I just know it," freshman hos- 
pitality, management and tourism 
major Melanie Kay said. 

"I'm in love with Edward Cul- 
len," freshman psychology major 
Brittany Pippin joked. "I would mar- 
ry him." 

"OK, ladies," said Julia Ander- 
son, the pageant coordinator, a pa- 
tient reminder that they should be 
concentrating on the work at hand. 
She announced the dates and times 
of upcoming rehearsals as the girls 
pulled out their cell phones. 

In jeans and sweatshirts, the 
girls didn't appear to be organizing a 
pageant. They were just hanging out, 
giggling, joking around. 

But the contestants have a hand 
in preparing for - and even publiciz- 
ing - the event. At the committee 
meeting, they made lists of locations 
for posters and attached stickers to 
gold wrapped mints to promote the 
event. The girls also composed their 
talent introductions and folded up 
T-shirts to sell as promotion for the 
pageant and the Children's Miracle 

At the top of Anderson's list was 
a trip to the Cane River Girls' Home. 
The contestants decorated gift bags to 
bring to the girls, who also received 
free tickets to the pageant. 

Anderson also discussed a few 
pageant particulars, including the 
appropriate attire for escorts. Each 
contestant is supposed to choose an 
"important male figure" in her life to 
escort her at the pageant, Anderson 
said. They are not required to wear 
a jacket or tux, but some things are 

"Absolutely no cowboy hats," 
Anderson said. 

Photo by Kelli Fontenot/The Current Sauce 

LOB contestants discuss plans for the upcoming pageant. 

The girls joked around in their 
down time, but with the coveted 
Bracelet and a full tuition scholar- 
ship on the line, they are taking the 
competition seriously. 

The pre-pageant husde will 
come to a close Saturday at 7 p.m. on 
the A.A. Fredericks main stage. Stu- 
dents who present a valid NSU ID 
can attend for free and participate in 
the People's Choice vote. 

The ladies 

Ten NSU students will be com- 
peting in this year's Miss Northwest- 
ern LOB Pageant. 

This year's contestants include 
Major, Pippin, Kay, junior liberal arts 
major Sara Mayeux, senior journal- 
ism major Bethany Frank, senior 
music major Jessica Lopez, sopho- 
more music education major Katie 
Stockton, freshman business admin- 
istration and family and consumer 
sciences major Jordan McLamore, 
sophomore theatre major Phylicia 
Felix and sophomore theatre major 
Halli Hickman. 

Some of the girls said they are 
not the contestants people might be 

"I know I don't give off a pag- 
eant-girl vibe," Major said, citing her 
blue jeans, T-shirt and loud voice as 
evidence. "I think that's a welcome 
change in the pageant community." 

Major, a Louisiana Scholars' 
College student, has never been in a 

"I've always wanted to do pag- 
eants, but I've done sports all my life, 
and that's kind of a weird combina- 

tion," Major said. "I mean, basketball 
and ballroom gowns don't really go 

Major said she was a point guard 
and captain of her girls' basketball 
team in high school. She also played 
softball, ran the 1600 and 3200 for 
track and served as a volleyball stat- 

Major said she has learned how 
to carry herself intellectually and has 
been exposed to many different per- 
sonalities as a student at the Schol- 
ars' College. She hopes to spread that 
knowledge with the help of the pag- 

"I want to show that Scholars' 
College has a very diverse popula- 
tion," she said. "They're very social, 
approachable people." 

Kay also noted that the pageant 
is a chance for her to show off diver- 
sity and originality. 

"I've always wanted to model, 
but since I'm not exactly a size two, 
that's something I've never really 
done before," Kay said. 

Senior journalism major Beth- 
any Frank said she has had a busy 
semester working as Editor for the 
2009 Potpourri yearbook, but that 
she is definitely looking forward to 
the pageant. While getting her hair 
done, Frank explained that she does 
not expect to win, but that 16 hours 
of practicing how to walk across the 
stage is worth it if she gets to wear 
the Bracelet and support Children's 
Miracle Network. 

"Back in the day, the editor 
would crown Lady of the Bracelet, 
and I just think it's a neat little twist 
that now the editor's trying for the 

The pageant 

The Lady of the Bracelet pageant, 
a preliminary for the Miss Louisiana 
pageant, has been an NSU tradition 
for 50 years. In addition to showcas- 
ing the contestants' talents, this year's 
pageant will include appearances by 
other performance groups, including 
a jazz ensemble. 

One student - the LOB commit- 
tee chair - organizes every meeting 
and rehearsal with poise behind the 
scenes. Julia Anderson of the Student 
Activities Board has been working 
with the contestants since prelimi- 
nary talent auditions last semester. 

Anderson, an AOII alumna, said 
she plans to graduate in May with 
a bachelor's in social work. She is 
working full time as an intern, work- 
ing part time at Trail Boss and taking 
2 1 hours in addition to working with 
the pageant contestants. 

The pageant includes talent, eve- 
ning gown, swimsuit and interview 

Some contestants acknowledged 
a division of the intellectual and 
physical aspects of the pageant. 

While the interview portion 
counts for a large percentage of the 
overall score, the contestants also 
dedicated a significant amount of ef- 
fort to looking good. 

One contestant, Bethany Frank, 
said she thinks that intelligence 
is beautiful, and that the pageant 
should be taken seriously. 

Mayeux put it best when she 
likened the pageant to another situ- 

"The synthesis between the two 
is that you're interviewing for a job. 
I might go into a job interview and 
give a brilliant interview, but if I'm 
not presenting myself well, they're 
not going to hear what I have to say. 
If I walk into an interview for Johns 
Hopkins medical school in pajamas, 
it doesn't matter if I made a 45 on 
the MCAT and have a 4.0 GPA and 
speak six languages. I'm not going to 
get the slot." 

Mayeux said the pageant is not 
so much about "the look" as it is 
about applying for the job of repre- 
senting Northwestern State at the 
Miss Louisiana pageant in a classic, 
respectful and professional manner. 

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Austin T. Walden became Georgia's first 
black judge since Reconstruction on 
this date in 1964. 

Sojourner Truth (Isabella Baumfree), 
preacher, abolitionist, speaker and 
women's rights advocate, was com- 
memorated on a U.S. postage stamp on 
this date in 1986. 

Rosa L. Parks, civil rights activist and in- 
spiration for the Montgomery Bus Boy- 
cott, was born in Tuskegee, Ala., on this 
date in 1913. Her refusal to give up her 
seat on the bus led to the historical year- 
long boycott of the bus system. 

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Tori Ladd 
Life Editor 
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February 4, 2009 

Ring Rulers reign in Natchitoches 

Photo by Lauren Rachal/The Current Sauce 

Mixed Martial Arts contestants battle it out at the Natchitoches Event Center. 

Andy Bullard 

Sports Co-Editor 

For most people, going to work 
and getting punched in the face is 
an inconceivable notion, but MMA 
(Mixed Martial Arts) fighters call 
that part of the job. 

On Friday night the Natchi- 
toches Event Center held an amateur 
MMA fight put on by Ring Rulers. 

This marked the second time 
that Ring Rulers has made its way 
through Natchitoches. 

"In most college cities there are 
a ton of other things to be doing, but 

here in Natchitoches there really isn't 
all that many," Ring Rulers promoter 
Will Broyles said. "We had a lot of 
good turnout the first time we were 
here and saw Natchitoches as an al- 
most untapped market for the state 
of Louisiana. Also, Natchitoches is 
a beautiful place and especially with 

the new event center, it has great fa- 

With a violent sport such as 
MMA, where the name of the game 
is to inflict as much damage on the 
other person as possible, safety has 
become a huge issue. 

According to Louisiana Boxing 
and Wrestling Commissioner Al- 
vin Topham, the state is forcing the 
MMA fighters to wear a six-ounce 
glove to "lesson the blow." 

"In my six years of presiding 
over the MMA portion of the Box- 
ing and Wrestling Commission, we 
[Louisiana] have never had anyone 
stay longer than overnight in the 
hospital," Topham said. 

"We have expertly trained refer- 
ees, and there are always paramedics 
never more than four seconds away. 
We understand that maybe these 
amateurs won't ever go pro, but we 
do want them to grow old." • 

With this being an amateur 
event, none of the participants got 
paid. Fighters pay for most of their 
training out of their own pockets. 

For most of the fighters, training 
is something they have to find time 
for on top of working a regular job. 

One fighter, Joey Fried, said that 
when he started it was tough for him 
to train and work at the same time. 

Fried also said that without the 
proper amount of training there re- 
ally isn't any reason to jump into the 
ring "unless you have death wish 
or just really enjoy pain," but Fried 
said he can't imagine doing anything 

"I love what I do, and that's the 
most important part, even if it in- 
volves me getting punched in the 
face," Fried said. 




This is the 
third year 
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in last in 
are now 
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cent be- 
low the 

Courtesy of 

Photo by Sarah Cramer/The Current Sauce 

The NSU Flute Guild hosted its first flute clinic Saturday. 

Flute Guild hits high 
note with first clinic 

Sarah Cramer 

Staff Reporter 

Flutists from around Louisiana 
gathered on NSU's campus Satur- 
day to perfect their skills at the First 
Annual Flute Clinic hosted by the 
Natchitoches-Northwestern Flute 

The turnout was small, but at- 
tendees said they were able to leave 
with a great deal of new informa- 

"It was great... that my students 
learned a lot," Dennette McDermott, 
who directed the festival, said. "That's 
probably more of a priority, I think, 
than how many people did we bring 

The event featured guest clini- 
cian Eldred Spell, a professor of flute 
at Western Carolina University, who 
has performed throughout the Unit- 
ed States, Canada and England. Spell 
conducted several sessions, includ- 
ing a session on choosing an instru- 
ment, flute repair and a master class. 

The master class allowed select 
students, which included two high 
school students, to play a piece for 
Spell and receive feedback, McDer- 
mott said. 

"We got a lot out of it," Erin 
Newsom, of Fontainebleu High 
School in Mandeville, said. "We 
learned technique and proper breath- 

Several of McDermott's NSU 
students were able to participate in 
the master class, as well. Cain-Oscar 
Bergeron explained that the class was 
a public lesson, which was much like 

a private lesson, where the instructor 
coaches the students on a personal 


"We got to hear the various 
pieces and how he would interpret 
them and how to make them better," 
Bergeron said. "[We learned] differ- 
ent postures and how to hold the 

The students were thrilled when 
Spell brought with him an antique 
flute, also known as the Louis Lot. 
The flute was one of the first silver